Equipment manufactured by
Associated Design Service was identified by the letters
in a cast metal nameplate on each machine. Customers soon began to refer
to the company as ADS. When Associated Design Service was incorporated in
1961, continuity of image required that the new name retain the letters
thus giving rise to the current name of
Russ Northrup died in 1971 and
the corporation purchased his share of the stock.
In 1974, the company purchased
the present building on Vine Avenue in Warren, Ohio from the Herr-Voss Division
of the Salem Corporation. At this time
facilities included 12,000 square feet of engineering and administrative office
space and 14,500 square feet of manufacturing area.
In 1975 John Marsh retired and
the corporation purchased his stock. Carl Minton then became the President
and sole stockholder of
Early in the 1980's the metal
industry in the United States fell into a severe recession due to imports.
Metal producers suffered heavy losses and many plants were closed.
Consequently, the domestic market for heavy machinery went into a serious
decline. During this period
expanded into the world market. Although we had previously exported
equipment to Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, the Soviet
Union, and Venezuela, most of our business came from the United States
market. During the early 1980's
expanded its presence in the
Pacific Rim. We now have nine metal processing lines operating in China,
two in Korea, and two in Taiwan, as well as a major installation in Malaysia and
another in the Philippines. A pickle line was also delivered to Pakistan
during this period.
moved into computer-aided-design (CAD) by purchasing four CAD stations.
This has grown to over 30 CAD stations today with more than 30 additional
computer stations dedicated to administrative, sales, and purchasing
functions. We use the most recent software for drafting, finite analysis,
and solids modeling.
expanded its facility by adding 10,000 square feet of high bay manufacturing
space with heavy cranes.
received the ISO 9001 quality certification in 1995. Although this required
extensive time and effort by our employees, we do not consider certification to
be an end. It is considered to be a beginning, or a foundation, that will
enable us to better serve the needs of our customers. The implementation
and continuous improvement of our quality program will help us to increase
productivity and efficiency from the boardroom to the shop floor.
In 1996 the company
expanded its facility for the third time, adding 10,000 square feet of
In June of 1998, Dale Minton was appointed President of
and Carl Minton retained his position of CEO.
Today the principal function of
is the design and manufacture of equipment to process flat rolled metal sheet
and strip in coil form. Some equipment is also produced for the processing
and heat treatment of flat metal plate.
will build a single machine or a complete line to customer
specifications. For sheet and strip processing we furnish lines for
cleaning, annealing, pickling, tension leveling, coating (organic and
inorganic), galvanizing, electroplating (tin, chrome, nickel, and zinc), coil
build-up, and slitting.
In addition to our machinery business,
also provides subcontract engineering, consulting, machining, and machine
building services. We are also extremely proficient in refurbishing and
modernizing existing equipment. With a total of 46,000 square feet of
manufacturing space and 20,000 square feet of office and engineering area, we
are staffed and equipped to produce over $50 million in machinery annually.
The mission of everyone at
is to design and manufacture world-class equipment to meet the ever-changing
needs of our customers. Our vision is to achieve this mission by providing
superior quality machinery at competitive prices through innovative thinking and