As you may already know, this year is Eastern Controls’ 50th Anniversary! In celebration, we wanted to share some notable parts of our history with you throughout the year. In this piece, we’ll dive into the very beginning of ECI and discuss how the decisions made then shaped our company into who we are today!
Founded in 1969, ECI’s headquarters opened its doors in Ardmore, PA spearheaded by Cliff McLaughlin Sr., John Bravacos, and Richard “Dick” Bright with our first manufacturing partner – Masoneilan. Equipped with their Masoneilan Valve Sizing Slide Rules, the group began making sales calls featuring Masoneilan’s “Valve of the Future”, the CAMFLEX valve.
Within that first year, Ed O’Brien, President of O’Brien Corp., introduced ECI to O’Brien’s heat transfer expertise. Over a handshake, ECI began representing a line of products dedicated to insulating process equipment for petrochemical,