For more than four decades, Echo Incorporated has been a leader worldwide in the development and creation of professional-grade, handheld outdoor power equipment for commercial and homeowner markets. Echo was founded in Northbrook, Illinois, in 1972 and was known as the Kioritz Corporation of America. Its current name was established in 1978, and it was around that time that Echo began to shift its focus from importing 2-cycle engines and hand-held items from Japan to producing and assembling products in Wheeling, Illinois. Today, the company sells its products in North America through ten distributors that collaborate with more than 6,000 independent dealers. An additional 24 Latin American distributors also sell Echo products through different channels. The company’s products can be found in Home Depot stores in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
Echo prides itself on setting the industry in technology and distribution. Such dedication translates to arborists and other outdoor professionals being able to purchase top-of-the-line tools for landscaping from the company. But it’s not just these seasoned individuals who look to Echo for their needs. The company caters to everyday homeowners who are looking to purchase edgers, engine drills, chainsaws, lubricants, brushcutters, pruners, pumps, and much more. When it comes to lawn mowers, Echo sells the cordless CLM-58V4AH, which offers dual-battery storage and 7-position cutting-height adjustment. One reviewer described the CLM as “the perfect replacement for a gas mower.” Not all of Echo’s products are battery operated, but many of them are, making them ideal for those who are environmentally conscience.
Given all the products it sells, it’s no surprise Echo carries many accessories for blowers, hedge trimmers, earth/ice augers, shred ‘n’ vacs, and sprayers. Echo equipment, service parts, and even apparel is all available online. The company’s Pro Attachment Series allows customers to purchase the tools they need when they want, offering five flexible power sources that work with up to 17 commercial-grade attachments.
Echo spells out its corporate philosophy online, policies that encompass the company’s core values, beliefs, and principles. The company has worked hard to maintain a strong foothold in the industry and has produced many groundbreaking products as a result of aggressive market research, adeptness in engineering, and a recognition of customers’ needs. The company has evolved in recent years from 2-stroke engine technology to meet the growing demands of the market, simultaneously making efforts to meet EPA emission regulations and CARB standards. Echo is the largest subsidiary of the Yamabiko Corporation of Japan.