Equipto Storage Solutions: High Color Industrial Chic

Store History

  • Founded: 1907
  • Founded by: Thomas M. Dunham
  • Headquarters: Tatamy, Pennsylvania

It all began in 1907, when Thomas M. Dunham began developing motorcycle headlights and sidecars in Aurora, Illinois. With the increase in automobile production, motorcycle parts soon were not in such high demand, so Equipto began producing body parts for Ford Motor Company's Model T Chassis. As the relationship with the car industry flourished, Dunham began hearing other needs within the automotive industry. One car dealer needed heavy-duty shelving to store large, hefty car parts and the idea for space utilization products was born. <br/><br/> As World War II approached, Equipto retooled to produce various steel products needed for Allied efforts. It was during this time that Equipto diversified its product line to meet the demand for other space-saving products. John C. Dunham, Thomas' son, took over the business after World War II and continued to develop products and expand the customer base beyond the automobile industry. In 1991, Thomas Dunham's grandson, Tom Matyas, became President and CEO. <br/><br/> Today, Equipto's customers range from industrial clients such as Caterpillar and Boeing, retail clients using display shelving like Mikasa and The Gap, to healthcare facilities such as Mt. Sinai-Chicago and DuPont Medical Systems that utilize Equipto's filing products.

Imagine that huge workbench above as a dining table. Okay, so I went over to visit the founders of BUILT yesterday afternoon (they're my guests next month at our September Design Meetup) and I fell in love with their office furniture. It was awesome industrial-style design from a company I'd never heard of before. Here's the lowdown and a great new source.

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Equipto is based in Tatamy, Pennsylvania and is over 100 years old! Check out this story:

"It all began in 1907, when Thomas M. Dunham began developing motorcycle headlights and sidecars in Aurora, Illinois. With the increase in automobile production, motorcycle parts soon were not in such high demand, so Equipto began producing body parts for Ford Motor Company's Model T Chassis. As the relationship with the car industry flourished, Dunham began hearing other needs within the automotive industry. One car dealer needed heavy-duty shelving to store large, hefty car parts and the idea for space utilization products was born."

Today, Equipto makes all sorts of metal desks, carts, cabinets and systems furniture for factories and hospitals. They are big, but they DO have a direct retail channel on their site, where you can find some of their top products and they also sell clearance.

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The cool thing about them is that they do COLORS and they top their workbenches with solid hardwood. BUILT's shelving and tables were all an orange that they did for the Harley Davidson factory. The wood tops you see in the pics is 1 3/4" solid sealed ash.

Apparently, it can be a little challenging ordering from Equipto, but the products are well priced, extremely well made and totally unique.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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