THIS month we make our initial attempt to more intimately acquaint the users of machine tools with the men, plants and machinery which go to make up the Rebuilt Equipment Industry. The origin of the organization described this month goes back to the last century. It is the outgrowth of an idea which was based on sound economic principles, which expanded many-fold with the increased industrial activity of America. We are going to write more about the organizations which make up this Industry and we trust these stories will be interesting and informative to the readers of this publication.
A recent discussion with one of the younger machinery dealers brought up the point of finding and retaining machinery customers. Our contention has always been that more used and rebuilt equipment is purchased on confidence than any other single factor, even including that of price. The apparent success of a few unscrupulous individuals had this young man bewildered. “Gyp” and “fly-by-night” outfits do not last long in any Industry. Their expose in the surplus machinery industry is even more rapid. During our time we have seen many of them pass out of the picture. For our part we try to maintain a vigilant watch in our advertising columns. To do a most effective job, however, our efforts
are primarily based on the cooperation of everyone concerned.
Writing about the recent political graft convictions in a Midwestern city one publication disclosed that over 90% of that city’s population were home owners. It looks as if we home owners have been too busy mowing the grass and paying off the mortgage to attend to our civic duties as voters and what not. It’s a good thing we have free speech and newspapers, because we might otherwise all find ourselves with no lawns to mow.