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New Alloys, Facilities and Products 

Surviving the Great Depression, ESCO opened locations in Eugene, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Honolulu to better serve a growing customer base.  New alloy and foundry processes were developed which enables ESCO to produce corrosion-resistant valves and pipe for the pulp and paper industry and other applications.

To augment its cast product lines, ESCO also began distributing stainless steel plate, sheet, bar, tubing, and fittings. This led to the creation of the division known as the ESCO Industrial Service Center Group, which was a leading stainless steel and aluminum products distributor in the western United States.

During World War II, ESCO’s production was shifted in support of the war effort. Valves and anchor chain were produced for naval ships, and cast components were made for tanks and aircraft. Hundreds of ESCO dragline buckets went to war with the U.S. Army and Navy to dredge channels, build airstrips, and perform other combat-related construction.