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RETIRE AFTER 40 YEARS? NO WAY!
TODCO Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Hunt for "Oldest Working Door"

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Scott Blackford, TODCO
1332 Fairground Road, East
Marion, Ohio 43302
740-383-6376
scott_blackford@overheaddoor.com

Brad Smith, B2B Smith Group
1209 Crescent Heights
Marion, Ohio 43302
740-244-7445
brad@b2bsmithgroup.com

MARION, Ohio ( 06-08-2007 ) For most of us, 40 years on the job is a long and distinguished career.

But for TODCO door #M-67-4389, it's just a start, with no "retirement" in sight.

In fact, #M-67-4389 is the oldest TODCO door still in active service. And locating it marks the culmination of a six-month search by TODCO.

The search for the oldest working TODCO door is part of TODCO's celebration of its 50 th year in business. The company launched a nationwide contest offering a $500 reward for the person who could identify the oldest active TODCO door.

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Antone Sepenoski of Southold, New York, was the winner of the "Oldest Operating TODCO Door" contest, conducted in conjunction with the company’s 50th anniversary. "Even though it's 40 years old, the TODCO door is solid," Sepenoski said, and "it may just outlast this truck body".
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Through trade advertising and its Web site (www.todco.com), TODCO asked individuals to send in the serial numbers for any older TODCO roll up door still in operation.

The response was "tremendous, way beyond our expectations," according to TODCO Vice President of Sales & Marketing Scott Blackford. "We received serial numbers from dozens of people from around the country."

Blackford added, "Even though we have always built these doors to last, we were definitely pleased, and delighted, to find so many TODCO doors performing so well after 30 and even 40 years."

Door #M-67-4389 was identified by Antone Sepenoski of Southold , New York. Sepenoski is a welder for North Fork Welding on Long Island. Door #M-67-4389, produced by TODCO in 1967 and located now at North Fork Welding, is definitely still working. But it's not going anywhere.

The truck body, including the TODCO door intact, was removed from its truck many years ago and serves as a storage facility today. According to Sepenoski, "The truck that carried the door may have been wrecked 20 or 30 years ago. Since then, the truck body, with the original door, has been used as a storage shed. It's used to store electrical panels and wires."

Sepenoski added, "The door works fine. In fact, it works better than the doors on some of the other sheds we have that aren't nearly as old."

"Even though it's 40 years old, the TODCO door is solid," Sepenoski said. "The latch still works nice."

TODCO Pioneered Overhead Doors Starting 50 Years Ago

The history of TODCO starts in June of 1957, with the founding of The Overhead Door Company (then called OHEDCO). The name was changed to TODCO in 1962.

As well as pioneering the roll up door for the transportation industry, TODCO has consistently been an innovative leader during its 50 years of existence. The company was the first to introduce breakthroughs such as the insulated fiberglass door (PolarGuard ® in 1981), the first UV-cured coating system (ToughShell ® in 2000), and the leading polycomposite roll up door (WeatherTite ® in 2003).

Headquartered in Marion, Ohio, TODCO today manufactures and services roll up doors, swing doors and walk ramps for the trucking industry. The company maintains manufacturing plants in Marion and Upper Sandusky, Ohio and Fresno, California.

TODCO has grown significantly over the company's 50 years as the industry’s leading supplier of roll up doors for trucks and trailers. According to the company's best estimates, there are more TODCO doors on more vehicles worldwide than any other single brand.

"The longevity of the doors we made 30 or more years ago is truly amazing, considering the advancements we've seen in engineering and materials," according to TODCO President Dan Rengert. "The doors we manufacture today are so much more advanced than the doors produced 30 and 40 years ago. And yet so many of those doors are still in service because of the quality of materials and craftsmanship that went into their construction."

"Thanks to computer-aided design and the introduction of materials that are increasingly more durable and weather-resistant, we've been able to upgrade significantly in the areas of materials and quality control," Rengert added. "If we could build doors 40 years ago that are still working today, you have to wonder how long the doors we're building today will last."

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Headquartered in Marion, Ohio, TODCO manufactures and services roll up doors, swing doors and walk ramps for the trucking industry. The company maintains manufacturing plants in Marion and Upper Sandusky, Ohio and Fresno, California. For more information, go to www.todco.com.

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Note to Editor: Please note that "TODCO" is spelled with all caps. It is an acronym for The Overhead Door Company.