History of ELCON, Inc.
ELCON, Inc. is located approximately 45 miles southwest of Chicago in
Minooka, Illinois. ELCON was started by a former EMD employee in 1953
for the purpose of building control cabinets and control equipment similar
to high voltage cabinets for locomotive Head End Power Units and for EMD's
non-locomotive applications, such as stationary power units and drilling
rig power units. Products included Engine Controls, Motor Controls, Generator
Controls and many auxiliary control devices. This line continued as ELCON's
primary business until the late 1970's, when under the second owner, also
a former EMD employee, diversification became a necessity due to the severe
downturn in exploration and production of oil.
ELCON continued to design and
build control systems for Rockwell International Graphic Systems, printing
presses and related equipment for Mobil Oil refinery operations and for
Commonwealth Edison substations as well as for other industrial applications.
During this period, ELCON became involved in service work offering factory
authorized repair service for Allis-Chalmers fork truck control systems
and various types of industrial voltage regulation systems, including
Bassler and Cummins/Marathon.
Since 1988, the third owners,
also former EMD employees, have continued to diversify and expand ELCON's
customer base. Expansion has been primarily in the direction of the railroad
industry since the current owners brought with them many years of experience
working on the design, development and marketing of railroad locomotive
ELCON has not changed its primary
focus from controls, but has adapted to the changing environment and technology
to keep up with the times. ELCON has developed and introduced many new
products including voltage regulators, cooling fan controllers, ditch
light controllers, power supplies and specialized control modules. ELCON
has expanded its service business and is now the largest manufacturer
and remanufacturer of locomotive control modules. Elcon is the OEM manufacturer
for new EMD Dash 2 and Super Series modules as well as for Unit Exchange
(UTEX) and Repair & Return (R&R) modules. ELCON was also responsible
for one of the earliest test applications of a Programmable Logic Controller
(PLC) to a Santa Fe locomotive in 1988. In addition, Elcon is the premier
builder of replacement high voltage cabinets for the aftermarket.
ELCON has the capability, the talent and the desire to work with
you. In addition, ELCON can work with you on the design and development
of control system components through our network of experienced engineering
talent. Such products could include anything from the smallest printed
circuit boards to full control cabinets or operator's consoles. Special
fabrications and cable harnesses are also within our capability. As the
owner of ELCON, Frank Garrone has extensive experience
in Manufacturing, QA, Engineering, Customer Service, Marketing and Sales.
This background together with their excellent relationship with many domestic
rail operations, is extremely valuable in dealing with the rail industry.
We would be pleased to discuss our products and accomplishments with you.
Plan to communicate with ELCON soon for more
discussion and to find out for yourself what ELCON can do with you and