About Echo USA For more than 40 years, ECHO Incorporated has been a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of professional-grade, hand-held outdoor power equipment for both the commercial and homeowner markets. Today the company sells its products in North America through ten distributors managing 6,600 independent dealers. An additional 24 Latin American distributors sell ECHO products through a variety of channels. ECHO products can be found in Home Depot stores in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The company prides itself on setting the industry standard with its dedication to new technology, quality products and its strong distribution infrastructure. From establishing technological advancements in premium tools for landscaping and arborist professionals, to expanding its capabilities to meet industrial and consumer demand, ECHO has a heritage rich of accomplishment.
The Early Years ECHO Incorporated was founded in Northbrook, IL, in 1972 as Kioritz Corporation of America. It was officially established under its present name in 1978. The company originally was an importer of high-performance 2-cycle engines and hand-held products manufactured by Kioritz Corporation of Japan. In 1979, ECHO shifted its focus to engineering and manufacturing and began initial production and assembly operations in Wheeling, IL. The first lawn care product it produced for the US market was the curved shaft GT-200 grass trimmer. Soon after, ECHO broadened its product offerings to include chain saws, straight shaft grass trimmers, brushcutters, backpack and hand-held blowers, and hedge trimmers.
Continued Growth In 1984 ECHO Power Equipment Canada was created as a subsidiary and in 1985, ECHO Incorporated established its present-day Americas corporate headquarters in Lake Zurich, IL, a Chicago suburb. Also in 1985, the company completed construction of its first 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Since then, the company has steadily expanded in size, adding additional buildings in 1988, 1995 and 2000. With the completion of a new warehouse in 2010, the company’s campus now includes more than 540,000 square feet of office, manufacturing and warehouse facilities. The majority of ECHO products are built in the United States from foreign and domestic parts and components.
In 1994, ECHO began its relationship with Home Depot as a provider of professional-quality hand-held outdoor power equipment for the consumer homeowner market. Although it had sold premium equipment to the consumer market for years through its extensive dealer network, this value-added partnership helped to broaden ECHO’s market presence.
Leadership Throughout its tenure, ECHO has worked hard to maintain a strong foothold in the industry, both with technological advancement and solid business operations. No stranger to product innovation, ECHO engineers have pioneered many ground-breaking products as a result of aggressive market research, engineering proficiency and recognition of customer needs. Within recent years, ECHO successfully evolved 2-stroke engine technology to meet the growing demands of the commercial market, while pioneering new efforts to meet both EPA emissions regulations and CARB standards. Today ECHO’s engine technology represents the very best in industry leadership - balancing high-quality performance with environmental demands in a 2-stroke engine.
ECHO is the largest subsidiary of the Yamabiko Corporation of Japan.
For over 60 years, we have been designing and building high performance, commercial quality products. From our humble beginnings in Japan with a simple hand-held crop duster, we have grown to become a technological leader and well-respected global brand.
Over the years, many power equipment brands have come and gone, but we have thrived. Why? Primarily because of our commitment to quality and providing our customers with the best products possible. All of our engines are designed to the same standard - commercial grade. We make no compromises. To ensure this commitment, we cast and machine every engine in Japan where quality and consistency are closely controlled.And to gain manufacturing efficiencies, we assemble them at our various factories around the world to the same exact standards.
With ECHO, you will always get a commercial grade engine and long-term value. This is our brand promise. We appreciate your consideration of ECHO. Whether you are a contractor or a homeowner, you can always buy our products with confidence.
The Yamabiko Corporation was formed with the merger of Kioritz Corporation and Shindaiwa Corporation. Founded after WWII, both companies have more than 50 years experience serving similar businesses. Kioritz Corporation initially made its name manufacturing agricultural machinery such as engine powered dusters and mist blowers. It then expanded its business into serving the tree maintenance and landscaping/gardening segments under the Kioritz and ECHO brand names. Yamabiko is one of the few manufacturers in its industry that produces most key components in-house or through affiliated companies. Its factories operate with an environmental conscience and strive to continually produce environment-friendly products for global use. Yamabiko Corporation sources its products from three factories in Japan Yokosuka, Morioka and Hiroshima and also from Illinois, U.S.A. and Shenzhen, P.R.C. All the companys factories follow the same quality standards and systems needed to manufacture the highest quality products. Yokosuka plant houses the foundry department where key components for ECHO products are prepared and processed.
The Morioka plant manufactures other key components for ECHO products. It is Yamabikos largest assembly plant in Japan and also manufactures agricultural machinery for the home market. Among other things, the Hiroshima plant specialises in producing the ECHO trimmer and brushcutter drive trains. This plant is playing an increasingly important role in pushing the company forward. The plant in Illinois, U.S.A. is the largest assembly plant of the entire Yamabiko group. It not only assembles outdoor power equipment but also makes a large number of plastic components for ECHO products. The Shenzhen factory is a relatively new plant for Yamabiko and is rapidly becoming one of the key assembly plants for ECHO products. It is certified for ISO9000 and operates to exactly the same exacting standards as the other Yamabiko plants.