MRO Magazine

It’s Our Silver Anniversary!

W elcome to the first issue of our Silver Anniversary year! Machinery & Equipment was launched back in 1985, 25 seemingly short years ago. Truly, it has gone by in a flash.


February 1, 2010
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

W elcome to the first issue of our Silver Anniversary year! Machinery & Equipment was launched back in 1985, 25 seemingly short years ago. Truly, it has gone by in a flash.

Over the years there have been some changes around our offices. We’ve had four different corporate owners, four different addresses, four different people in the publisher’s chair, several advertising sales reps, and just one editor for the whole duration. That last item is unusual in publishing and surprised even me as the founding editor, as I’m still residing in the editor’s chair.

Having a single editor for the life of the magazine to date has meant several good things, but one stands above all others: consistency in our focus.

Here’s a quote from the very first editor’s commentary in Magazine: “You are reading the first issue of a magazine that’s designed to help you do a better job in less time at a lower cost to your company. Machinery & Equipment is designed to help you keep machinery and equipment running longer, faster, less expensively and more effectively.”

We went on to explain what the term meant to industry, as back then it was in regular use by only a small group of people serving the maintenance, repair and operations market. We became instrumental in spreading the word and making the term more common.

Our aim from day one has been to help our readers. “Whether you work for a big corporation or in a small shop, our goal is to help you work smarter, not harder,” we said. “Every new volume will be packed with more and more tips, advice and practical, problem-solving information …. There’s no other magazine like it.

“We shall never lose sight of our purpose: to serve our readers — and serve them well, with the best practical maintenance information we can lay our hands on,” we promised.

Graphically, Magazine was fairly unsophisticated 25 years ago– but that was on purpose. We wanted a distinctive look, unlike any other trade magazine on the market at the time. Five original illustrations by the late illustrator Fred Kulik adorned the cover, which highlighted the main themes of that and all future issues: Mechanical Power, Fluid Power, Electrical Supplies and Maintenance Shop Operations.

In later years, the layouts were upgraded to more modern standards, and the magazine even won a few graphic design

awards — including gold for best cover — in annual Canadian Business Press K.R. Wilson Awards competitions.

In each of the remaining issues through 2010, we’ll be telling you some of the interesting stories highlighting our staff and the evolution of the magazine. But what I would really love is to hear from you. If the information in Magazine has had an impact on your business or career at any time over the past 25 years, I’d appreciate hearing about it. You can contact me by e-mail at broebuck@mromagazine.com, or use my other contact co-ordinates on the masthead below. Bill Roebuck, Editor & Associate Publisher