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EDSYN | Past, Present & Future

Some say you make a living by what you receive, but here at Edsyn we believe you only make a good living by what you give. It's not a common philosophy in today's world, yet we feel it is intrinsic to Edsyn's success over the past 49 years and is the key to our continuing success for the future. The meaning of Edsyn – Engineering Dedicated to Suit Your Needs - reflects a unique philosophy and was originally created by Edsyn’s founders, Bill and Shirley Fortune.

Bill and Shirley have always cared about people. When Bill started out as a technician in a Los Angeles-based company in the early 1960s, his job involved removing solder in various applications. Unfortunately, he found the techniques of the time outdated, difficult, and time consuming, so he decided to work nights in his garage to make the job easier for himself and for his fellow technicians. Bill soon developed the perfect solution to his dilemma. His wife, Shirley, quickly named this little invention the Soldapullt® and the rest, as they say, is "history." This ground-breaking technology launched an industry revolution and the birth of Edsyn. Over the next four decades Bill continued creating his inventions, which Shirley always named and marketed under the Edsyn brand. Their four daughters – Lori, Jeani, Sheri, and Juli – also shared in producing hundreds of Bill’s inventions for a variety of industries worldwide.

Bill has always felt a keen interest in, and admiration for, German engineering and wished to introduce his brand of engineering to Europe. In the 1980s he expanded the Edsyn family to include a German office, Edsyn GmbH Europa. Successfully managed for nearly 30 years by Mr. Franz Furtner, Edsyn GmbH Europa has earned a distinguished place in the European market. Now headed by Mr. Furtner’s daughter, Christiane Furtner, Edsyn GmbH Europa continues to spearhead Edsyn’s engineering efforts in Germany.

Because of the success of the German office, Bill and Shirley took an interest in the British market. In 1995, the Fortunes opened up an office in England headed by their daughter, Juli, and Ms. Angela Greenidge.

Edsyn UK Ltd. is now recognized in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales as a company that offers the finest quality products and services for the electronics industry.

Currently, we are still busy manufacturing Edsyn products in our California-based factory. Bill now works with a team of engineers in Edsyn's Research & Development Lab also located there. It makes us all proud that Edsyn is still producing in California and providing jobs to our family of employees. In fact, we are one the last remaining manufacturers of soldering and desoldering equipment in the United States. We operate out of two factory buildings employing approximately 25 workers along with two subsidiaries located in England and Germany. Each tool is carefully and meticulously handcrafted at our factory and we feel it's a privilege to take care of and respond to our customer's needs in every way possible. Some of our key innovations include not just a few industry firsts as you can see listed below.

We celebrate the fact that Edsyn has been in operation for almost 50 years and remains a family-owned and managed business. Edsyn's quest for well-engineered and innovative products continues, and although Bill is now entering his 80s, he is still passionate about inventing and expanding our family of products worldwide. When asked what he likes most about Edsyn, a warm, proud smile spread across Bill’s face: “it’s always nice to hear from a customer who has had your product for over 40 years.”

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