Danco reveals new rollback in Greencastle

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Darlene, Dan and William Reynolds meet with customers Jim Smith, Arkansas, and Atle Havig, Norway, during an open house.

Visitors from near and far attended Danco Products' customer appreciation day Oct. 7. The event was scheduled as a thank you and to unveil a new product. The 1995 Swivel carrier was redesigned to a lower loading angle, said company owner and president Dan Reynolds.

"That's important because cars are so low to the ground now," he said.

Clients from across the United States and overseas came to see a variety of his products. The patented Swivel, with a 70 degree swing, is one of many rollbacks ranging from 21 to 30 feet. They are used by construction crews, farmers and individuals to transport vehicles, forklifts, backhoes and other pieces, with efficiency and safety in mind for the driver. Some units operate by remote control, which one of Reynolds' young grandsons demonstrated.

The business at 411 S. Cedar Lane manufacturers towing and hauling equipment. It consists of a 40,000 square-foot shop for welding, machinery and sawing, and across Leitersburg Street a 17,000 square-foot building for prep, painting and assembly. The line includes car carriers, side pullers, recovery cranes, wreckers and industrial carriers. Danco employs 15 people.

"A lot of people don't know a lot about us," Reynolds said of the community. "We want people to see the quality that goes into our products. If you can't build quality, you may as well close the doors and get out of it."

He formed the company in 1973, after leaving Jerr-Dan, which he co-founded. Today Reynolds' family plays a significant role in the business. His wife Darlene is the accountant, son William is in charge of engineering and IT, and son Robert works in the office and the shop on special tasks.

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