Grease was in movie theaters; the first cell phone was introduced; Space Invaders
invaded arcades; a gallon of gas was $.69; and Gene Garrod opened his cylinder
repair shop. Three decades later Grease is on Broadway, the cell phone is a
common accessory, the Wii is in our homes, the cost of gas hovers around $2.00
a gallon, and Garrod Hydraulics
has matured into one of the largest repair and industrial chrome-plating shops
on the East Coast.
"I started Garrod Hydraulics in 1978," explains Garrod. "We're
still here because we tackle the jobs no one else will. We can chrome, polish
and plate up to 50 feet and repair large cylinders - 20, 40, and 50 feet."
Garrod Hydraulics' success and commitment to customer satisfaction has been
marked by three building expansions over the years. In addition, low turnover
speaks to the company's investment in its employees and includes six of its
45 staff members exceeding 20 years of service.
Garrod Hydraulics repairs and remanufactures hydraulic cylinders and industrial
hard chrome plating primarily for the crane, scrap, and steel mill industries.
Its business structure focuses on the customer's needs, responding quickly and
easily to requests. Their ability to deliver problem-solving, money saving assistance
specific to each job has given Garrod recognition throughout the industry, including
being the first ISO 9002 certified supplier in hydraulic cylinder service and
repair in the U.S. This reputation also provided the opportunity to partner
with Manitowoc Crane CARE to create the crane repair EnCORE program in 2006.
EnCORE designates Garrod Hydraulics as the certified repair shop for damaged
cylinders that carry the Manitowoc brand.
The success of the last three decades has provided a solid foundation for the
next 30 years. According to Sales Representative Brian Hollerbush, Garrod now
services all of North America and looks to expand its reach into new markets
in South America and Europe. "Opportunity is out there for us. We offer
repairs that rival brand new parts in performance and our turnaround times are
unsurpassed. Time equals money to our customers, and we work with them every
step of the way to ensure they are back up and running as soon as possible with