FREMONT, OHIO - Ronald Schroeder, co-founder of Epco, a remanufacturer of plastics and die casting machinery, retired Dec. 31 from the Fremont company. Schroeder, 63, will serve as a consultant to Epco on special projects through the end of 1996. Named president was his son, Steven Schroeder, 41, former director of sales and marketing, with 19 years of experience at Epco.
The company was founded by Ronald Schroeder and Sterling Cramer in 1960 as both a remanufacturer and a builder of new machinery. In 1961, Epco became the exclusive distributor of Egan Machinery Co.'s Reciproscrew plasticizer, used to convert the machines. The business moved from Chicago to Des Plaines, Ill., in 1964. Four years later, Epco made a 40-ton thermoset injection press and began rebuilding older injection molding machines. The company later expanded into other specialty machines.
In 1973, Cramer retired, becoming chairman of theboard. Schroeder became president.
In 1974, the company bought an injection press maker, Sund Borg Machines, in Fremont, a small town in western Ohio, and moved there. Egan Machinery bought Epco in 1977 from Cramer and Schroeder. Three years later, Egan was acquired by John Brown Corp.
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