This post is dedicated to Mr. K.E. McElhattan, our Founder, without him, none of this would have been possible.
When I walked into 7848 Steubenville Pike for the first time in 1986 as the 42nd employee of Industrial Scientific Corporation, I knew I had found a home. I was welcomed into the family – 42 people working together, under one roof, with one common goal to make certain that our customers could bet their lives on our instruments and that everyone of them would go home safely at the end of every day. But like many families, over time we outgrew our home and separation was inevitable.
The first break came in 1991 when we left our Service Department and Machine Shop brothers and sisters behind and moved down the hill to Oakdale Road. The adjustment was made quite easily and running back up the hill to deliver an instrument here and there or pickup a needed part wasn’t all that big of a deal. But when we were bursting at the seams and had to split again in 2011, things became much more hectic. We were now spread into four locations with the distance between them measured in miles instead of fractions. The family had been separated. We would see each other at the occasional meeting or sometimes around the holidays or at that special “family” event. Despite tremendous effort from everyone, we fell victim to the inefficiencies of time and space. We became frustrated running from building to building, often ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time. We were doing our best to continue to work together with the same goals that we had in 1986, but it would have been naïve of anyone to believe that our customers hadn’t felt our pain and frustration as well.
Last Monday, as I walked off the stairs at the fourth floor I was greeted by our Chairman with a hearty handshake and “Welcome Home!” And it felt great! I was back “home” again, in the first wave of a migration that will bring everyone, in just a few short weeks, home to our new headquarters. Together again – at last, more than 420 of us in a new house designed specifically for the family to all work under one much bigger roof toward a bigger goal of ending death on the job and making sure that every worker makes it home safe everyday.
People may drive by and see our new home above the “parkway” and say that it’s majestic. It is. Some may drive by and say “they must do important work there.” We do. Hopefully, there will be many who drive by and say “the family that lives there saved my life one day.”
On behalf of the Industrial Scientific family, I would like to extend the invitation to all of our customers to visit us in our new home at One Life Way, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We would love to have you drop in and meet the family that is working together for you.
Back home again,