ABCO Automation: History

ABCO Automation was founded in 1977 by Graham Ricks. In the beginning, Graham provided electrical control systems and custom packaging equipment to Coca-Cola. As word spread throughout Coca-Cola, some of the innovations and improvements that ABCO had implemented, particularly in labeling and filling, led to considerable growth for the young business.

ABCO won significant contracts from Coca-Cola in the early 1980s supplying turnkey packaging lines in new plants and was heavily engaged in packaging improvement projects in Coca-Cola plants throughout the United States.

By the lates 80s, ABCO diversified its client base, performing controls work and building custom equipment for a broader range of manufacturers. This growth in the client base increased sales revenues and capabilities as ABCO began to go beyond packaging projects into manufacturing assembly, material handling, and inspection equipment.

In the mid-1990s, ABCO became an ESOP company with a portion of its profits used to purchase employee-owned shares. ABCO believes the open information sharing provided as an ESOP contributes to a highly motivated workforce and helps the company to achieve exceptional levels of performance.

By the early 2000s, ABCO began to offer Build to Print equipment manufacturing programs. Since its inception, Build to Print has been ABCO’s fastest growing service. The company is proud to be selected to build technologically advanced equipment for industries where quality is paramount.

Mission Statement And Core Values

ABCO’s mission is to provide its clients with a single source for innovative solutions, automation services, and manufacturing support that are valued contributions to their success. ABCO will exceed expectations for quality, execution, and service. We will do this in ways that develop long-term, mutually profitable client relationships. Before growth, profits, and stock values, we believe the needs of our clients and our employees must be met to achieve long-term success. At ABCO, we take great pride in our culture.

What follows are some of the Core Values at the heart of our actions:

  • Our clients’ needs drive our business

  • We do the right thing, the right way … integrity and quality in everything

  • We absolutely stand behind our work

  • We are not content with mediocrity; we strive for excellence in all things

  • We work together and help each other with a minimum of politics and bureaucracy

  • We are excited about our potential for growth both as a company and as individuals

ABCO Automation: Safety Record

The NC Department of Labor has recognized ABCO Automation as an outstanding company in promoting and maintaining an excellent safety record. The annual award is based on injury and illness incidence rates which must be 50 percent below the industry average.

ABCO has a tradition of making safety a top priority in the workplace and owes this success to our employees. Thank you for all your efforts to maintain a safe and secure working environment. Please continue to build upon our record of success. To do so requires everyone, every day being alert and working hard to avoid accidents in the workplace. Only when we maintain our focus and attention on safety can we continue this great tradition of excellence.