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Echeverría was an innovator in metalworking and manufacturing. In his first forge shop in 1906 he patented a method of forging a hoe or rake (Patent No. 38,511). Later patents included metal polishing (1931), circular saw (1933), double column eccentric press (1933), mechanical press gooseneck (1934), and a metal bender (1936). Echeverría also adopted innovations by others. The first was a technique in manufacturing blades which he found on a trip to England in 1920. Another, in 1931, was an Austrian method of manufacturing scythes. Echeverría built a vertically integrated business in phases, beginning with an electric furnace in 1931, a mill, and the production of special steels. After a reorganization in the 1990s, the company ceased production of steel, lamination, and stamping parts.
In the 1920s Corporación Patricio Echeverría began to use the Acorn name and logo for its products. A conflict arose with the English firm Henry Taylor Tools, although Echeverría’s acorn appeared upside down from Taylor’s logo. Echeverría negotiated the use of the symbol in exchange for a 35,000 peseta payment to Taylor.
Echeverría believed in sharing his business success with his workers and his community. His good works were recognized with a Spanish title in 1958.
Translated quote from Wikipedia biography Condado de Echeverría de Legazpia (Spanish)
The County of Echeverría of Legazpia (El Condado de Echeverría de Legazpia) is a title of Spanish nobility created by the Head of State Francisco Franco, on August 18 of 1958, in favor of Patricio Echeverría y Elorza, Basque metallurgical businessman, son of artisans, distinguished by his great work for society: homes, schools, libraries, nursing, and tuberculosis prevention.
The peerage was given by:
“The extraordinary merit that brings this great Spaniard, who has dedicated his life to the enhancement of the industry and the social and moral improvement of the factory workers, and deserves to be rewarded with a title of nobility that remembers the recognition of the Motherland of one of the most significant in the task of raising the standard of living of Spanish men."
Decree granted in daily ABC , July 18, 1958, page 37
Biography & photograph of Patricio Cirilo Echeverría Elorza (Spanish)
Google Maps - area of Corporación Patricio Echeverría, Legazpi
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Present in more than 120 countries, with 11 registered brands and more than 18,000 references and a team of 1,400 employees worldwide, Corporación Patricio Echeverría has manufacturing plants in Legazpi (Spain), Zumarraga (Spain), Olloqui (Spain), Illinois (USA), California (USA), Fortin de las Flores (Mexico), Manizales (Colombia), Indaial (Brazil), Hovedgard (Denmark) and lastly Nashik (India). Our headquarters are located in Legazpi, Spain, in the so-called “Valley of Iron” in Guipuzcoa where Patricio Echeverría founded the company in 1908. Corporación Patricio Echeverría has two main divisions: The Hand Tool business unit...[and] The Agrisolutions business unit....