As we at Equipment Development Company- EDCO celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2019, we look back at each decade that created this longevity and set the foundation for where we are today and where we want to be going forward.
Fabricating our Future (The 2010s)
The 2010s decade saw changes, innovations, developments, and a new division of our company. Even as those changes transpired, we maintained our commitment to customer service, training, technology, and American-made quality.
Throughout our history, customers have remained the backbone of our operation and in the current decade we’ve expanded the ways that customers can access our products.
For over 50 years, our presence in the rental industry comprised our customer reach. That commitment to the rental industry remains, as industry professionals and people performing do-it-yourself projects can still find our products in rental stores all over the country.
In 2016 though, EDCO products, accessories, and parts were listed on an online store to be sold directly to customers. This online store allows customers who frequently use our machines and accessories to invest in our products, which still have the same durable build as before. The website is a one-stop shop for machines, accessories, and any necessary replacement parts over time.
In 2018, we unveiled a new distribution network for independent rental businesses. These businesses can now access our products through regional distributors in our distribution network, a system that provides lower shipping costs and pick-up options, local access to trained representatives, and expert advice in your area. What remained unchanged was the pricing structure and the support from EDCO online, over the phone, and in person.
With our growing customer reach, we implemented a standard to meet the increasing demand with shorter lead times. At our manufacturing facility in Frederick, Maryland, we committed to making at least 120 machines per week, a self-imposed manufacturing standard we coined “The 120+.”
Some of those machines we build encountered rebranding, as our milling machines became known as EDCO’s patented Crete-Planers® and our air-powered concrete removal and roughing machines became known as Crete-Crushers®.
Accessories for grinders also took on a new look, a trapezoidal look to be specific. Our line of award-winning Magna-Trap® accessories changed the game and made wedgeless grinding methods obsolete. These quick-change accessories that slide onto to discs qualify our Magna-Trap® grinders for stripping, grinding, and removal applications, depending on which accessory the grinder is equipped with.
To ensure that customers, both new and existing, know how to use all of our different product families in the most effective way possible, we rolled out a new training website, EDCOEd.com, which is a free training site complete with modules and certifications.
In addition to the changes in customer reach and product modifications, EDCO also opened a separate division to our operation. EDCO Fabrication was created in 2013 as a separate entity that opened our manufacturing abilities to a whole new realm of customers.
EDCO Fabrication offers laser cutting, CNC machining, forming, welding, powder coating, and assembly capabilities to other companies in need of metal parts or products. After years of success developing that division of our business, EDCO Fabrication moved to its own building– also in Frederick, Maryland– in 2017, which allows that part of our business to devote a singular focus to the clients who enlist our services.