by Laurie Barcaskey
Ever since I was a child I can remember marking being a part of my family and DNA. It was not unusual to see my grandfather on summer weekends taking time to hand file tapers onto hand stamps used for mold and badge marking.
As I grew into my teenage years I frequented the manufacturing facility that had moved to Franklin Park. I would watch hand stamps and type being quenched in oil after leaving the heat-treating furnaces, or to see the towering slab markers, and the roll marking systems that my father designed and built to meet the needs for marking heat numbers, serial numbers or other required markings for the customer’s specific industry.
When my father’s last invention needed marketing capital to get to market the company was sold. A long-time family friend, who had a distribution business in Pittsburgh, helped me find stable footing again, and from there I started the adventure of finding my own destination within the marking industry.
With perseverance through what may come – hopefully more good than bad – it is my intention to be persistently patient and professional as the details are explored together.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laurie Barcaskey of Leading Marks is an authorized manufacturer’s representative with 30 years of experience and shop floor knowledge of solutions for industrial identification, part traceability and pipe testing. Laurie is the third generation of one of the marking industry’s most innovative and enduring family legacies, tracing back to 1889.
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