June 01, 2016 (Oshawa, Canada) ─ EHC Global (EHC), a leading manufacturer of escalator and elevator components, announced today the retirement of Ron Ball, the company’s Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of EHC’s Eastern Region operations. Ted Hornbein, EHC's General Manager, Asia Pacific, will assume the role of Managing Director, Eastern Region and will report directly to Jeno Eppel, President and Chief Executive Officer of EHC. Ron will continue to be involved in EHC as a strategic advisor.
In 1977, Ron established Escalator Handrail Company in Ajax, Canada, with only one employee, a long-term vision and an international growth strategy. By the early 1980s, the company had successfully expanded into the United States and had established a presence in several international markets. Soon after, Ron expanded the company’s global reach to Europe by integrating EHC into the supply chains of larger firms and OEMs and eventually establishing EHC’s first overseas manufacturing company in Germany in 1992. In the mid-1990’s, anticipating China’s increasing importance in international business and rapidly expanding domestic market, Ron relocated to Shanghai and successfully established EHC China, the company’s largest operation to date. Over the past decade, EHC has continued to grow its global footprint with the establishment of sales and distribution centres in Brazil, Barbados, France, the United Kingdom and Spain. In 2005, Jeno Eppel was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of EHC.
“With EHC celebrating its 40th anniversary in the coming months, I felt that this was the opportune time to officially retire from the business and enjoy more time with family and friends,” said Ron Ball. “I am proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved since our humble beginnings and have complete trust and confidence in the leadership and commitment of Jeno Eppel and the entire EHC team.”
“On behalf of the EHC family, I would like to thank Ron for his vision, leadership and the many contributions he has made to the company, the local communities we support and the global lift industry over the past 40 years,” said Jeno Eppel. “We remain committed to growth, innovation and continuing Ron’s legacy for decades to come.”
About EHC Global Inc.
Established in 1977, EHC Global Inc. (EHC) is a leading manufacturer of handrails, rollers and lift components for escalators, elevators and moving walks. Each day, EHC helps millions of people all over the world move safely and comfortably in public transit systems, shopping centers, airports, office buildings, hospitals, condominiums and other metropolitan spaces. EHC is committed to developing sustainable solutions that optimize safety, enhance value and meet the challenging demands of OEMs, designers, building owners and facility managers. To accomplish this, EHC employs top material scientists and engineers and continues to invest in R&D, product development and next-generation polymer and composite extrusion technology. EHC has manufacturing and distribution facilities in Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and China and a global network of sales offices including Barbados, Mexico, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the USA as well as EHC partners in all major markets globally. For more information about EHC, visit www.ehc-global.com.