ADP Lemco’s History has a rich history that started with some handshakes between friends and trusted business mentors. We have grown from a tiny idea to supply spray on chalkboards for a few customers in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hugh Lyman started his first company Lyman Engineering & Manufacturing Company in 1958. Our company was started with a $2,000.00 loan from Continental Bank in Salt Lake City which bought some machinery, aluminum extrusions and various stock materials. Back then Hugh was able to do a signature loan with the bank executives based on his father’s relationship of hard work with the bank. We still carry this spirit of business today through our relationships with our customers all over the world.
After we were officially made a business Hugh designed and built an automatic chalkboard spray line. This provided the need to move the company into his father’s shop. The business continued to grow by selling to some larger companies. Our original large customers were the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Dick & Larry Company and a few dealers in the Western States. Our original business strategy was to manufacture our products and sell through a network of dealers with a few contracts direct to consumers. This was a very common strategy in the manufacturing world during those times.