ISCO Industries Turns 50

By Traci Read, Managing Editor | September 2012, Vol. 67 No. 9

For eight consecutive years, from 2002-2009, and then again in 2011, ISCO received the honor of being a 'Fast 50' business company in the Louisville area by Business First Magazine.

Early in February 2004, ISCO received an important call from the White House to host President George W. Bush in a discussion about the economy. The President arrived and took the stage, attended by more than 60 ISCO employees. James Kirchdorfer, Sr. welcomed the President – due in part to his administration's economic policies.

That same year, Ernst and Young named Jimmy Kirchdorfer “Entrepreneur of the Year” for ISCO’s growth. He won in the Manufacturing Division for Kentucky and the Southern Ohio region.

Celebrating their company’s milestones and achievements, and having fun doing it, are reasons why remaining in business for 50 years is so important to Jimmy and Mark.

A few of those anniversary plans included creating a new special 50-year logo design to be used throughout the year that reflects ISCO’s 50 years in business and the importance that HDPE pipe has played in its development; sponsoring a company-wide trivia contest on, and in recognition of, ISCO’s Founder’s Day, on June 21; and creating an “ISCO Through the Years” slide show presentation and ISCO history table with photos, old marketing materials, artifacts and other items displayed at the annual sales meeting in January. More events are being planned for the remainder of the year.

As for what the future holds, ISCO Industries’ plans to hold the course while keeping abreast of the potential uses for HDPE pipe in the industry. “HDPE pipe is growing in market share,” says Jimmy. “But it is still underutilized in many areas. We know that HDPE pipe will continue to grow. As the product grows in market share, ISCO will also grow as a company because we believe in the product.

“We will also continue to add and invest in new locations to better serve our markets,” adds Mark. “From humble beginnings in a family hardware store, ISCO has seen tremendous growth over the years.”

ISCO Milestones

ISCO’s investments in technology, equipment, people and facilities have all contributed to growth over the years.

On June 21, Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr. founded Irrigation Supply Company, which would later become ISCO Industries.

Irrigation Supply Company entered the municipal supply industry.

ISCO became a municipal distributor for Phillips Petroleum for a new product called Driscopipe, a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. Also begins distributing McElroy Mfg. fusion equipment.

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