In the early 1960’s, Eric Henn was commissioned by his father to help manage EDRO, the family’s Southern California machine shop. EDRO is an acronym for Edna, Eric’s mother, and Roy, Eric’s father. Roy, Eric, Terry (Eric’s brother), and Laurinda (Eric’s sister), worked closely together and quickly grew EDRO from a “mom and pop” machine shop into a reputable custom mold base manufacturer. In the early 1990’s, Eric took the reins from his father and began to realize that mold makers and mold base manufacturers were having difficulty finding a good quality, stainless holder block steel. Eric saw this as a dynamic opportunity to develop a new stainless steel which would provide consistency and reliability to mold bases and molds used for plastic injection molding. Eric grew his team adding tool steel specialists such as Michael Guscott and Bob Friedrich, and they began to experiment with different chemical compositions. The result of this development was the introduction of a completely new and unique low-carbon pre-hardened stainless holder steel, which we know today as RoyAlloy, named in honor of his father.
RoyAlloy put EDRO in the unique position of being one of the premier users of their own proprietary steel grade and also expanded EDRO’s market by enabling the sale of RoyAlloy to a variety of steel distributors and mold base manufacturers. As a result, two new EDRO locations were established in the late-1990’s: Conshohocken, PA, the steel production and distribution center for EDRO steels, and Ellwood City, PA, the main stocking/distribution and processing center with extensive saw-cutting and precision milling capacity. Shortly thereafter, the Appenweier, Germany location opened to provide more efficient distribution of RoyAlloy in Europe. And more recently, following the 2007 acquisition of EDRO by the Bohler-Uddeholm Group, EDRO further expanded RoyAlloy’s global presence by forming worldwide distribution agreements with sister companies Uddeholm and ASSAB.
During this ownership transition, Eric was also presented with a great opportunity to become the CEO of Bohler-Uddeholm Corporation (BUC) in the USA, while continuing his duties at EDRO. Eric fully committed himself to this challenge, and utilized his ample experience and business sense to lead the BUC to a period of growth and success.
Nevertheless, Eric would say that EDRO has always remained his true home. From the day Eric began his crusade to build a successful and sustainable business, EDRO has consistently grown and achieved innovative, technological, and product advances, which have positively influenced and benefited the plastics mold-making industry all around the world.
Although Eric has decided to retire this year and to pass on his responsibilities to an ambitious and capable Management Team, he will continue to be involved with the Board of Directors for both EDRO and Bohler-Uddeholm Corporation.
From all of those at EDRO who have had the privilege of working with Eric over the years, we would like to extend our gratitude to Eric for his life-long devotion and commitment to EDRO, and we wish him all the best in his retirement and future endeavors.