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1954_ecp

1954

 

As a high school student Elvin C. Price in his native South Carolina, took his first job in 1954 sweeping floors at a sewing plant. While pushing the broom, he noticed the sewing machine operators struggling to control the fabric and produce consistent and quality garments.

In his spare time, Elvin began making small attachments from scrap metal and he gave them, for free, to the operators. The attachments allowed them to become more efficient while sewing consistent and quality garments. The word quickly spread about his new attachments and technical ability.

Later, he became a highly sought sewing machine technician, which resulted in moving his family to Atlanta, Georgia in 1966, in search of a brighter future. However, he found himself working for a company that was offering their customers inferior quality products and he knew he could do better.

 

1969

Elvin Price established what was to become Atlanta Attachment Company in the basement of his home with less than $250 in his bank account.

 1971_1st_stand_alone_doraville

1971

Moved to first building in Doraville, Georgia

1971_joey_travis_elvin

1971

Elvin (right) hired Joey Bottoms (left) and Travis Paul (center) to help build products.

1977_ecp_plane

1971


Elvin purchases the first company plane to make “Sudden Service” even faster. The second one (see photo) was purchased in 1975.

1974_Doraville_2

1973

Moved to second building in Doraville, Georgia.
The facility started at 1000 sq ft and expanded over 5 years to 4,000 sq. ft.

1978_401_construction

1978

Construction begins on the 401 Industrial Park Drive building with 10,000 square feet of space. The irony is the large round water tower and a furniture factory on the property across the street can faintly be seen and to be the future site of Atlanta Attachment Company in 2007.

 1978-shop

1978

Nice new working environment.

 1979_apparel

1979

First folder catalog created for the first Bobbin show attended in 1980.

1980-shop

1980

Working in the shop

 Timeline_1

1982

Logo trademarked

1979-401

1982

Building space doubled, bringing the total square footage to 20,000.

1983_Eagle_Ranch

1983

Elvin Price helped support and establish Eagle Ranch, an internationally recognized pioneer of childcare and family reunification.

As an original member of the board of directors, Elvin was instrumental in establishing the bylaws that the ranch could never borrow money and funds must be raised before construction of any addition.

1983_Bobbin

1983

The first Bobbin Show attended was in 1980 and in 1983 was the first presentation of automation for the apparel industry.

twin

1983

Purchased a Navajo Chieftain because of the twin engine safety factor and its long range fuel tanks.

In 2010, the Chieftain was traded in for a Cessna 414 (shown in the image). This expanded the travel cababilities because of a pressurized cabin and to be able to fly above the weather to facilitate the servicing of mattress industry customers.

 1984_apparel_cat

1984

First supplement to the folder catalog dedicated to only new equipment presented at the 1984 Bobbin Show

1989_Randy_Cross_pres

1989

Randy Cross, President & COO

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1989

Elvin Price works with volunteers to establish the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (Georgia Chapter)

1990_486 

1990

New model 486 Computer systems with Autocad for R&D.

A new Fadal CNC Milling machine was added to the existing CNC department.

1991_employees

1990

Expanded 401 Industrial Park Dr to 80,000 square feet facility and by 1992 employed 175 people.

1991_first_patent

1991

First patent issued; 5,159,889, Sewing machine with automatic latch back device and method of sewing a portion of a thread chain.

As of 2018, a quick search on the USPTO website results in 50 patents issued. there are 20 active patents on equipment and 13 ornamental design patents for mattress borders. Below are a few of the present patents:

golf

1992

Elvin Price establishes the The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Annual Golf Classic that is still being held today.

1994_Wendell_Piper

1994

Wendell Piper, President & COO
Over 200 employees

AACHQ

1994

Expanded 401 Industrial Park Dr to 115,000 Square feet
Which included a second building at 273 Industrial Park Drive

1994_273

1994

273 Industrial Park Drive

1994_NAFTA_logo

1994

NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement

The strategy of the company had to change because the apparel sewing market left the United States. AAC had to diversify and become part of the International market in different areas of the sewn products industry.

 _1994_25_years

1994

25th Anniversary

 1994_Spanish_Cat

1994

With anticipation of increased sales in Latin America, AAC expanded a sales office and showroom facility in Miami, Florida.

First Spanish Equipment Show Catalog was created for this new expanded area.

1995_team

1995

The Sudden Service Team in front of AAC's hanger at the Lawrenceville, Ga Airport.

 1996_website

1996

AAC’s introduction to the internet with it’s first website.

Priceless

1997

Priceless Plane Products established and in 2001 the logo is trademarked.



SolidWorks

1997

SolidWorks 3D modeling was introduced to replace AutoCad's 2D for equipment design.

1998_SBCS 

1998

Serial Bus Control System released. A new 4 wire system with modules to manage the functions of automating equipment.

 Timeline

1999

AAC logo trademark updated

 AACLogo_onWhite

2001

Logo trademark updated referencing “Sewing Automation” from “Sudden Service” because of the expanded R&D developments into automated sewing equipment.

2002_Panoz

2002

Expanded into the automotive industry building the framework for the Panoz Esperante sports car.

2002_mattress_cat 

2002

First ISPA EXPO for AAC.
First Mattress Industry Catalog that included 7 machines is introduced at the EXPO

 2002_LazySue

2002

Lazy Susan is trademarked for use on Priceless Tugs with a zero turn radius.

2006_Hank_Little

2003

Hank Little hired as V.P of Sales and in 2006 became President of AAC

 2003_FFC

2003

Priceless Plane Products is a sponsor of the First Flight Centennial celebration. This was an excellent opportunity to showcase our tugs to the world in Kitty Hawk, NC.

APD

2006

Atlanta Parts Depot established

2006_362

2007

362 Industrial Park Drive is the new home with over 200,000 square feet of factory space.

 2007_automotive_interior_cat

2007

First Automotive Interiors Sewing Equipment Catalog

RedBox_Logo 

2010

“Priceless Plane Products” expands line of products by partnering with Red Box Power Equipment

2012_Priceless Aviation

2013

Priceless Aviation Products trademarked and replaces Priceless Plane Products

2016_annex

2016

Annex added to the 362 building making the square footage 250,000.

2016_HSM 

2016

HSM Purchases Atlanta Attachment Company making it the fourth operating division and maintains its Lawrenceville, Georgia facility. AAC to continue its industry status in all divisions of the company and will grow all divisions in the global economy.

HSM is a privately owned holding company based in Hickory, North Carolina, that specializes, through its subsidiaries, in the manufacture of components for the furniture, bedding, transportation, packaging and healthcare industries, and the design and construction of automated production machinery for the bedding apparel, aerospace and other industries.

2016_ECP_retires

2016

Elvin C. Price retires after 48 years of dedication to building an industry leading global manufacturing business.

2017_furniture_equip_cat 

2017

First Furniture Industry Catalog

2017_HFMSE

2017

AAC & HSM presented their products together for the first time at the HFMSE Expo (Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo)

 2018_ISPA

2018

As of 2018, AAC’s participation in trade shows has grown exponentially with expos all over the globe, such as:
  • USA
  • Germany
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
AAC also participates in expos for different industries such as:
  • Apparel
  • Aviation
  • Furniture
  • Mattress
  • Contract Manufacturing
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