In 1997 the owners of Van Eck® Collision & Paint a chain of collision repair shops, was asked by a major paint coatings company to evaluate the repair of a fire truck with a significant corrosion issue. After successful complete re-painting of several fire apparatus, word spread that the company provided excellent corrosion repair painting.
One of the owners noticed that the corrosion of these fire apparatus was always associated where stainless was bolted / fastened to aluminum. Research showed that this issue was not only associated with fire apparatus but also numerous industries that use aluminum assembled with stainless hardware. Electrolysis, galvanic, and dissimilar metal corrosion was destroying everything from trucks, trailers, road signs, buses, aircraft, to boats and military equipment. In addition, road de-ice chemicals such as magnesium chloride, & calcium chloride was causing extensive corrosion issues, creating safety issues, and shorting the useful life of vehicles.
After consulting with several chemists we decided to seek a solution that initially would be used only internally for our own use, testing of several formulas began. Many formulas were tested using laboratory ASTMB-117 standards. Eventually a formula proved successful for preventing dissimilar metal corrosion. The product was named Eck®, adopting part of the last name of the chain collision repair shops.
When a major fire apparatus manufacturer showed interest in what we had invented, our President decided to explore the idea of marketing our Eck® product. Researching the corrosion issue showed an enormous dissimilar metal corrosion issue. The manufacturing world had moved to many items being made of aluminum fastened together with stainless hardware. A marketing plan was developed to manufacture Eck® and sell it to the world.
In 1998, a new company, Eck® LLC was formed to oversee the manufacturing and marketing of Eck®. Richard A. Nay was named President. A patent was applied for and received in both the United States and Canada. The Eck® name was also trademarked in 1998. In 2005, Van Nay corporation was purchased from its investors by its President Richard A. Nay.
Today, the Eck® corrosion prevention coating is used by numerous world class manufacturers including truck, trailer, bus, boat, fire truck, ambulance, (manufacturers). Eck® helps prevent corrosion on bridges, military vehicles, submarines, wind mills, aircraft weather stations, road signs, rail cars and commercial lighting. Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico along with direct sales from our home office in South Elgin Illinois supply Eck® to the world.