YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –Thirty-five years ago, Ed Geddes seized on a revolutionary idea while employed at a pressure-washing company in Arkansas. The concept stuck with him. In 1983, he moved back to the Mahoning Valley and established Vector Laboratories – now Vector Chemicals Inc. – at 316 Alexander St. in Youngstown.
Today, the company supplies customers nationwide with cleaning solutions for the industrial, commercial and consumer markets.
“My father-in-law came up with this idea of putting chemicals in a box and creating a ‘drum pack,’ ” says Claudia Hirschochs, president of Vector.
“We manufacture products for mostly commercial and industrial uses – power washing, automotive and truck cleaning, carpet cleaning, degreasers.”
The drum pack allows the company and its customers to save money on shipping, an innovation that has prepared Vector for growth in a very big industry.
Hirschochs, born in Germany and raised in Puerto Rico, is a U.S. Army veteran and started working at the company during the late 1980s until 1993, when she enrolled at Youngstown State University.
In 1998, she returned to the company as its president. Since the company was founded 35 years ago, it’s built a steady clientele of loyal customers.
However, Hirschochs acknowledges one...
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