|Left to right: Gus Kennard, Andy Kennard andMark Zimmer with the EDCO concrete grinder in the Kennards Hire Museum in Australia.|
A restored 1965 EDCO – Equipment Development Co. concrete grinder — the first model grinder rented by Kennards Hire in Australia in the 1960s — is now on display in the Kennards Hire Museum.
Andy and Neville Kennard, who were running the business started by their father in 1948, saw the grinders in the U.S. and realized how good they would be for customers back home.
The machines were retired and disappeared many years ago, but Gus Kennard, who has taken the place of his father, Andy, on the Kennards Hire board, was determined their museum should have one. He eventually found one in a scrap heap at SoCal Rentals in California. Built in 1965, it was rusty but in surprisingly good condition, with no major defects.
EDCO continues to supply Kennards with a variety of machines and the company, at the direction of Jason Stanczyk, EDCO's sales and marketing manager, and Leo Swan, EDCO’s CEO, had the grinder shipped to the company’s headquarters in Frederick, Md., where it was fully restored with the original EDCO colors.
The grinder was then shipped to Australia where a surprise presentation was made to Andy.