Edgetech I.G. Celebrates 20th Anniversary
December 1, 2009
Today at its Cambridge, Ohio, headquarters Edgetech I.G. celebrated
its 20th anniversary. Among the company's "pioneers" in
attendance were Michael Glover, the founder of Edgetech; Dale Lauren
Foland, founder of Lauren International; Kevin Gray, chief executive
officer of Lauren International and Edgetech's first president;
and Mike Hovan, Edgetech's current president.
opened the ceremony with a quote from Gandhi: "A small body
of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission
can alter the course of history."
"I think the reason we are here more than anything to is to
celebrate those who were that original small body of spirits,"
Hovan said as he recognized and thanked many of the founding members
of the Edgetech team.
Glover, an inventor and visionary behind Edgetech and the Super
Spacer® product, said that in creating the product his, "thinking
was that as low-E coatings grabbed market share there would be a
need for low-conductive spacers." The product was invented
in 1985 and in 1989 Edgetech became a fully owned subsidiary of
"Lauren was an incredible company to work for and they opened
their doors to us and were incredibly supportive," said Glover.
"Dale [Foland] has a huge entrepreneurial spirit and, without
any elaborate business plan or market study, accepted our ideas
that warm-edge technology was a billion foot opportunity."
Foland, who also spoke about the history of Edgetech, shared an
"This whole company, from this point on, represents the future
and that's you. What it all comes down to is taking care of the
customer-always," Foland said. "And the most important
part of any business is trust; say what you can do, do what you
say and be honest about it."
Gray also recalled much of what the early days of the company were
like, and attributed much of the success and growth to creative
"There have been a lot of visionaries and a lot of people thinking
and coming up with great ideas over the years," Gray said.
"Now, with 20 years behind us, we have to keep our eyes focused
on the future."
Looking at some of the challenge the industry is facing today, Gray
encouraged everyone to take the time to think about how they can
take those challenges and continue to be the leader.
"Have an attitude of continuous improvement. Everyday that
you come to work leave knowing that you have helped improve the
process. Everyday, find the ways to make minor improvements to the
business," he said.
Hovan also took the opportunity to recognize and thank two other
"We would not be here if it wasn't for our customer base as
well as everyone here," he said.
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