INDQUIP COMPANY, LLC
"A BRIEF HISTORY"
By Marshall Manfield
Indquip Company (Industrial Equipment Company) was founded in April of 1986 by Marshall J. Mansfield as a Manufacturers Representative Company specializing in the promotion of Foundry Equipment.
Marshall's introduction to the Foundry Industry started in 1960 when he joined Taccone Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of Automated Molding Systems for the high production type foundries, located in North East, PA, (just east of Erie, PA).
Automation of moldings systems started in mid to late 1950's and was growing rapidly at this time. During 10 years with Taccone Corporation, Marshall's responsibilities grew from Draftsman, to Designer, to Sales Engineer, to Sales Manager and Vice-President of Sales.
In 1970, Marshall moved with his wife and five children to Pittsburgh, PA, when he joined Herman Corporation located in Zelienople, PA, as Sales Manager. Herman Corporation was also a leading designer of Automated Molding Systems with an emphasis on jobbing type Foundries, offering a broad range of molding machines and systems. During 13 years with Herman Corporation, Marshall's responsibilities included Sales Manager, Product Manager, and Vice-President of Sales.
In 1984, Marshall joined George Fisher Foundry Systems located in Holly, MI, as a Regional Sales Manager for North Eastern United States, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces in Canada.
George Fischer, a Swiss owned Company, was also a leading designer and manufacturer of Automated Molding Systems but offered a wide variety of Foundry Equipment including core machines, shot blast machines, mullers, sand coolers, pouring furnaces, etc.
In 1986, the Foundry Industry was in a recession and Marshall, at age 54, was forced to find other employment within 6 months. During this period, he decided to use his 26 years of experience to start his own Manufacturers Representative Company, thus starting Indquip Company.
After 14 years as President of Indquip Company and planning ahead for retirement, Marshall transferred his interest in Indquip Company to Don (Dean) Weaver, Jr., President of Weaver Materiel Service, Inc., located in Jamestown, NY.