ESCO (Edge-Sweets Company) got its start in 1883 when Frank Edge fabricated his first jigsaw blades.
Building on this concept, Frank formed The Frank Edge Company in 1887 to produce saw blades for the booming furniture
industry in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The first 70 years of the company were spent supplying blades and equipment to the bustling furniture manufacturers.
In 1953, Edge Saw was formed to manufacture the first saw for cutting flexible "foam rubber". By 1957,
the manufacture of foam cutting equipment was the main activity for Edge Saw and growth of the company kept pace
with the fast growth of foam production in the U.S.
In 1971, Edge Conveyor was formed to supply specialized conveyors essential to economical foam production. With
the advent of Edge Conveyor, the Company expanded its production facilities and its engineering capabilities and
offered the foam industry high volume production cutting lines to supplement foam fabrication on individual units.
In 1973, Edge purchased North American Urethanes (NAU), a company with several years experience in the engineering
and manufacture of urethane metering and dispensing equipment. With the acquisition of NAU, Edge Industries became
the only machinery company in the industry capable of supplying equipment for the production, processing, and cutting
of soft or rigid foam. The acquisition of NAU's Machinery Division added foam and elastomer dispensers to the product
line and gave Edge the ability to provide "wet end" systems for flexible and rigid foam.
In 1985, Edge-Sweets Company was formed as Edge merged with Martin Sweets Company of Louisville, Kentucky, a company
who similarly specialized in the manufacture of machinery and equipment for processing and cutting of polyurethane
foam products and other cellular and non-cellular plastics.
Edge-Sweets Company, today referred to as ESCO, resides in a 70,000+ square foot facility in Grand Rapids,
Michigan and offers the combined products and knowledge of both cutting and dispensing equipment, along with
a unique ability to custom engineer systems.
ESCO serves the following industries: furniture, bedding, packaging,
insulation, automotive, mining, marine, medical, building & construction, sporting goods, footwear, insulated
panels, filters and gaskets. ESCO is committed to continuous improvement and development, and we proudly offer a
wide range of urethane cutting and processing equipment to meet your specific manufacturing needs. ESCO has
representatives around the globe, and all our equipment is designed and built in the United States.