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Back From Vacation, Can’t Make DC This Year! :(

Posted by on Jul 16 2018

Hi Pen Fans.

Just a quick note to make everyone aware that we’re back from vacation and well rested! I’m tackling my mountain of emails now, so if you are expecting a response from me, you’ll receive it today or tomorrow.

But the real reason for the post…this is a difficult decision, but we won’t be able to make the DC Pen Show this year.

Bottom line, a lot of you know that we’ve had new machinery arrive. I’ll try to keep this brief and not too technical, but these new machines don’t simply plug in and make pens! Besides rigging crews, tooling, setup, and a steep learning curve regarding operation, the biggest job is programming. These machines speak a different language than our old machines. So literally every program for every part for every pen has to be rewritten, proofed, tested, and then tweaked for fine tuning. This has proven to be a huge job. Much larger than I had expected. Right now, I’m about 20% done with the re-writing and re-programming process.

So this means that I’ve been doing consistently 10-12 hour days before vacation for about a month, and will continue to do so until I’m finished.

A pen show like DC typically takes 2-3 weeks of preparation in regards to inventory leading up to a very hectic weekend. Then we really don’t get back into our groove until about 1 week after the show.

So it just won’t be feasible this year for us. This is not an easy decision, as we truly enjoy seeing our clients live at the pen shows. Then even though the pen shows are very hectic and busy (especially DC) they are a ton of fun!

Once we are in full operation with the new machines, we’ll get things back to normal here.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

 

On Vacation!

Posted by on Jun 26 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

My family and I are taking a much needed 2 week vacation.

Perhaps a lot of you know, but we had a lot of new machinery arrive that has dominated my time, and there’s been little light at the end of the tunnel. Coding every program for every part for every pen then proving them on the new machinery is a huge job (on top of my normal routine), and I’m just getting started! So a break from work is in order!

I will be staying away from emails during this time. If you need my direct attention, it could be July 16th or 17th when you hear from me.

Happy Summer!

Brian at Edison

Current Inventory Updated!

Posted by on May 16 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

With our preparations for the Chicago Pen Show, we manufactured a lot of new pens. Many of them were not claimed in Chicago.

We were able to get all of these pens photographed and uploaded into our Current Inventory Gallery.

So if you are interested, there are a good amount of pens in some new and excellent materials that we haven’t had in the galleries yet.

There’s a slideshow below, or you can click here.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

Additional Footage from Goulet Visit!

Posted by on Apr 16 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

Many of you will remember when Brian Goulet and Drew Brown with the Goulet Pen Co came to visit in January. We had a great time sitting down and speaking about our business evolution over the years, gave a lot of insight as to how we have grown and also discussed some very recent happenings. If you did not see this interview-style video, you can see it here.

But while Brian and Drew were here, they also captured some excellent footage of our facility and our processes. We have a good amount of Behind the Scenes videos, but none in our new facility. So I think that many will find the video below pretty interesting!

It was so excellent to have my good friends from the Goulet Pen Company come up for their visit! Thanks to Brian and his team for putting this together!

Brian at Edison

Spring Break!

Posted by on Mar 29 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

My wife, son, and I are leaving for a nice and well deserved vacation.

We’ll be back to work on the 10th or 11th of April after being well rested!

If I’m slow with emails, you’ll know why.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

LA Pen Show!

Posted by on Feb 13 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

We are packed for the LA Pen Show! We will have out tables set up Friday through Sunday.

Below is a video showing the pens that we’ll be bringing. If you can’t make the show but see something that you like, you can email me. Granted that the pen didn’t sell at the show, we can get you set up!

Have a look at the video below. Hope to see you at the show!

Brian at Edison

 

A Nice Chat with Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens!

Posted by on Jan 15 2018

Hi Pen Fans!

A couple of weeks ago, it was excellent to host Brian Goulet and Drew Brown of Goulet Pens at our facility for a fun visit!

Have a look at the video below of a nice informal chat that we recorded if you are interested in topics such as the 2018 plan for Edison, stories about how the fountain pen business began for each us, our growth and move to a larger facility, new equipment that is on the way, pen design and engineering, along with some other items including our little dog getting into frame for some attention!

Let me know if you have questions regarding the topics covered.

Again, thanks to Brian and Drew for creating the video and making the trip up to see us!

(If you can’t see the video below, click here)

Brian at Edison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for a Great Year! Taking Time Off Until 2018!

Posted by on Dec 20 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

We are wrapping up for the year and I wanted to put out a thank you to all of our customers and wish everyone Happy Holidays!

This year was pretty unique for us in that we moved our business to a new and much larger location, celebrated our 10 year business anniversary, hired more employees, and experienced some pretty significant growth overall which will certainly continue into 2018.

Our employees have much deserved vacation saved up, and Andrea and I need a break as well. We will be shut down from today until the New Year. I will not be fielding emails until 2018.

I’d like to thank each of our customers for your support! We truly enjoy what we do, and couldn’t do this without you!

See you in 2018!

Brian at Edison

The Edison Team at our Holiday Dinner! Thank You!

2018 Price Increases

Posted by on Dec 05 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

For those of you that have followed the history of the Edison Pen Company, perhaps you’ve noticed that literally, we have never had a price increase in the last 9+ years, nearly the entire history of our company.

When this business began as the Edison Pen Company 10 years ago, we started offering some of the models that we still do today in our Signature Line. For the first 6 months or so, our pricing was a little lower than the present. After this 6 month period, prices on these Signature Line pens became what they are today. Then when we started with our Production Line in 2011, that pricing structure began and remained the same as today.

Over the years, this pricing has worked fine for us. My thoughts have always been “it ain’t broke”. But things also remained relatively simple for us until early 2017.

At this time, we moved the business from an outbuilding next to our house to a commercial building with a heck of a lot more space. This means going from no rent, utilities, real estate taxes, etc., to pretty high rent in addition to all of those other expenses at commercial rates. It seems that this transition triggered some other events, as well.

Many of you remember when we had a machine go down in the late Summer (I’ll never forget!). The primary machinery that we have utilized were bought used years ago and quite frankly they are just outdated and becoming more difficult to repair when required (which is becoming too frequent). This is what led to our issue in the summer. I can’t have another problem with our machines like we did in the summer (it took us about 3+ months to become fully caught up), so we are investing in brand new machines that are much bigger, faster, more accurate, but also pricey!

In addition to the machinery upgrades, we are also more than doubling the number of machines from what we have had up until now. We hired another employee in the Spring of 2017, and as these new machines are up and running, it’s likely that we’ll be hiring even more employees in 2018.

While there are actually more factors occurring than what I’ve mentioned above, the big items here are lots of additional machinery, more employees, and commercial real estate along with the associated costs.

For these reasons, it’s time for us to increase our prices effective January 1st, 2018. This will occur as outlined below….
 
 

Production Line, All Models
(Collier, Beaumont, Pearlette)
Steel nib – $149 will be raised to $169
18k Nib – $274 will be raised to $299

 
 

Signature Line, All Models Raised by $25
Mina from $200 to $225, Steel Nib
Pearlette from $225 to $250, Steel Nib
All other models from $250 to $275, Steel Nib
Herald and Huron Grande $275 to $300 Steel Nib

 

18k Nib Adds $100
14k Edison Stock Flex Nib Adds $125
Draw, Pneumatic, Bulb, or Pump Filler Adds $100

 
 
Along with these changes and growth, I think that we can expect the new machinery and employees to increase our productivity significantly. This means that my time will most likely be freed up a bit so I can focus on designing new models, introducing new materials within our Production Line, designing new filling systems, publishing video blogs that I’ve had in my head for sometimes years, as well as more Group Buy Limited Editions, and higher volume of Seasonal Premieres (which always sell out very fast). It might take us a bit to settle into our groove with the new machinery and employees, but I’d expect all of the above to gradually take place in 2018.

I’ve always felt that our prices were quite reasonable for handcrafted pens that require a good amount of labor and especially skill. I hope that our customers agree with me that our new prices that accompany our growth are indeed still within that reasonable range.

If anyone has any questions, please reach out.

Brian at Edison