Posts Tagged ‘Wicks and Wilson’

U.K. Service Bureau Has
20-Year-Success with
Wicks and Wilson Scanners

Last week – in a peak moment of quarantine boredom – I participated in a random online survey of English fashion brands. Although I was unfamiliar with most of the brands, one question prompted a strong opinion: “Are you more likely to purchase a brand with British heritage?” My answer? Yes; in fashion and beyond! Apart from a personal love for Maltesers and Aston Martin cars, this sense of trust in British-made products is also a result of my direct experience…

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Celebrating Alastair

Wicks and Wilson Purchasing Manager Retires with 35 Years Alastair Fitzroy Blair has worked for Wicks and Wilson since January 31, 1983. This Friday, on July 27th, he will wrap up 35 years with one company and a total of 47 years in purchasing for industrial firms in the Basingstoke, UK area. His is a story of many which often goes untold; a quiet hero who does his job well, day in and day out, serving with loyalty, for the main…

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42 Years; Seven Staff; 150 Anniversaries

A recent article in The Telegraph asks the question, “Have you been working for the same company for too long?” It notes that the average time spent at a single company in the United States is 4.6 years and guesstimates that figures for the United Kingdom are similar. It goes on to give the pros and cons of corporate longevity. For seven of Crowley’s Wicks and Wilson division staff, the answer to the question is – thankfully – “No.” For this…

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Meeting the Wicks and Wilson Family

In my ongoing journey to learn about Crowley’s different lines of business, I recently accompanied Chris (Crowley) on a visit to Crowley’s Wicks and Wilson (WWL) division in Basingstoke, England. As I was introduced to members of the team and asked them questions about their experiences as both WWL and Crowley employees, the two words I heard repeatedly were “home” and “family.” Nick Edwards, a 40-year employee (40, as in 4-0), welcomed us and gave me a tour which featured not…

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Parts & Microfilm: The Fourth Piece of Crowley’s 360⁰ Solution

            We previously wrote a blog post about Crowley’s technical support services – the third of our four solution categories. Our intention was to quickly follow with the fourth category, parts and microfilm, but developing our new website took priority. Now that we’ve launched the new site (take a peek!),  we’re on track to delve into this often overlooked, yet vital, piece of the pie. Parts Crowley’s international network of partners and our own extensive manufacturing capabilities allow…

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Karting in the UK: Wicks and Wilson Division Outing

It’s not always easy keeping up with our counterparts in the U.K. Not only are they all the way across the Atlantic, but they always seem to be on the move! Recently, members of our Wicks and Wilson (WWL) manufacturing and R&D division took a trip to a nearby indoor circuit for some friendly competitive karting (or, as those of us on the other side of the pond would call it, go-kart racing). WWL general manager John Wilson graciously sent…

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Running the London Marathon

Editor’s note: On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Chris Wilson, 24, ran his first marathon and did so for a great cause. Chris is the son of John Wilson, Crowley’s Wicks and Wilson division General Manager, and shares his marathon journey with us as this week’s blogpost. We congratulate Chris on this significant achievement…and add (in a shameless marketing plug) that our Wicks and Wilson brand aperture card and microfilm scanners have been going the distance since 1974. Wicks and Wilson…

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Crowley Celebrates 35 Years

In 1980, the Dow Jones Industrial average was 963, the average U.S. income was $19,500 and a gallon of gas cost an average of $1.19. Quite a lot happened in the world that year, but in one little corner of Montgomery County, Maryland, Jerome F. (Jerry) Crowley took a risk, left his comfortable position as a micrographics equipment manufacturer’s rep and went out on his own. This month, J.F. Crowley Inc. is celebrating its 35th year since incorporation and is…

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Selling to the Competition

  I recently interviewed a client for an upcoming case study on Mekel Technology microfilm and microfiche scanners. The client represents a service bureau and asked a question we hear often, “We’re Crowley competitors. How do you represent us and yourselves at the same time?” Good question.  Crowley has several divisions: research and development; manufacturing; hardware sales; technical support and Crowley Imaging, our own service bureau. In addition to selling to service bureaus, with which we compete, we also manufacture…

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One Man. Wicks and Wilson Scanners. 26+ Million Newspaper Images

  At Crowley, we love discovering great digital collections – especially when they’ve been scanned on our manufactured capture equipment. Even after more than 30 years, the idea of making images and information from the past available to records managers, archivists, researchers, students and history junkies today and in the future is exciting. When we saw this reason.tv feature on long-time Wicks and Wilson client, Tom Tryniski, and his astonishing 26 million+ newspaper images scanned, we just had to dig…

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