Eduardo Colon walked into the Personnel Department at Transo Envelope Company on June 19, 1972 looking for a job and found a career. Known as “Ed” or “Eddie” today, his story is a true testament that anyone through hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment can go from an apprentice to high-level management.
Ed was hired on that day and immediately went to work on the 2nd shift as a stock handler for the Wide Range Department. Noticing his constant hustle and mechanical interest, he was promoted to Apprentice Adjuster for the Wide Range Department in August of 1972. At this time Alan Jania was beginning his training as the Chicago plant estimator and formed a working friendship with Ed. A working relationship and friendship that is now going on 40 years and counting!
The Apprentice Adjuster program was set to take approximately 4-years before an individual would be promoted to “A” adjuster. Due to Ed’s dedication and constant work ethic he completed the 4-year program in only 2 years. In July 1974 Ed was promoted from Apprentice to “A” Adjuster for the Wide Range Department.
In September 1975 Ed was promoted to “B” adjuster for the newly formed RA Folding Department. Transo Chicago was integrating three new RA folding machines, which required the most highly skilled employees in the operation to assist. Ed was surely considered one of the best.
Two and half years later Ed was promoted to Senior “C” adjuster for the 2nd shift in the RA Department. This was a title used to designate an assistant supervisor role.
In February 1979 Ed was approached and asked if he would accept a promotion to Supervisor of the entire Wide Range line. This manufacturing line consisted of 12 Folding Machines and approximately 50 people. Ed saw this as a step backwards, even with the amount of machines and staff to supervise, since the RA folding machines were taking over the envelope industry. Ed turned down the promotion and remained the Senior “C” in the RA Folding Department.
In March 1985 Alan Jania, President of the newly started Diamond Envelope Corporation, called Ed and offered him the position of 2nd Shift Superintendent. Although a smaller operation than Transo, Diamond Envelope offered Ed an opportunity to become a Shift Supervisor, which he would not attain for some 15 more years at Transo. He accepted the offer and began his career at Diamond Envelope Corporation.
In March of 1990 as Diamond Envelope was planning its move from Broadview to Naperville, Ed was promoted to 1st Shift Superintendent. Beginning in April 1990 he was actually operating the company from two buildings and at the same time, received Diamond’s third 527 as the first machine in the new Naperville building.
On May 3, 1995 Ed was promoted to Plant Manager. Diamond Envelope recognized the importance of having a Plant Manager that was knowledgeable and skilled on Diamond’s particular equipment, making it run efficiently; but also, understood the priority to maintaining the equipment to the highest standards.
In May 2000 Ed conquered a second relocation to the new Aurora building. One week into the move the machine erectors hired for the move, walked off the job. Diamond was left high and dry, with less than 60 days to move all the equipment and make repairs to the old building. As panic began to set for the entire management team and Jania family, Ed was the steady influence to all and took on this challenge. Ed organized and completed the move in a conscientious, safe, efficient and timely basis.
In February 2006 Ed was promoted to Vice-President of Manufacturing as a reward for his years of dedication and service. Not your typical suit and tie VP, but he is well respected within the industry and by all of our suppliers. His knowledge of the equipment and ability to conquer any obstacles presented, is second to none.
Ed remains the VP of Manufacturing today and Diamond Envelope is proud to have earned his friendship and have a better company due to his leadership. You will not find Ed in his office on your next plant tour of Diamond Envelope. He may be buried in a machine or overseeing continuous improvement projects. But understand, Diamond Envelope would not be successful and growing if it wasn’t for Ed Colon and his dedication to the company all these years.