The July 2013 issue of New North Business Matters features a profile of Mecco Marking & Traceability and the transformation that the company has undergone throughout its history. This transformation has seen a great change in technology for both the marking and the traceability of parts made by manufacturers in various industries. Below is a preview of the article.
Mecco Marking & Traceability traces its roots to 1889, but during the past seven years, the Cranberry Township manufacturing and engineering company has transformed itself from a hammer-and-chisel stamping operation to a cutting-edge maker of computer-controlled marking systems.
During that time, the company also has become one of the leading traceability companies in North America.
Mecco designs, builds and sells machines that mark parts for tracking purposes while they are being produced.
Customers are diverse, ranging from all sizes across many industries.
Major automakers such as Ford and Honda are customers, and other top customers are global leaders with major operations in the Pittsburgh area, such as Westinghouse Electric and Bayer.
Formed as machine shop M.E. Cunningham Co. in Franklin Park, Allegheny County, the business transitioned during the 1920s into primarily manufacturing steel hand-stamps and other metal marking products.
But by 2006, the local ownership group that had taken over several years prior had decided to sell off the hand stamp portion of the business and dive into the laser marking industry.
Laser marking allows for extremely rapid and precise part marking on nearly any type of surface for tracking or cosmetic applications.