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1956 - PRECISION DYNAMICS CORPORATION (PDC) IS FOUNDED. PDC DEVELOPS THE FIRST SINGLE-PIECE WRISTBAND
PDC co-founder Dr. W. Mosher was 22-years-old and focused on his engineering studies at UCLA when he started PDC with three investors in 1956. The company developed what was then a revolutionary innovation: a single-piece wristband, no parts, no tools necessary. It sold immediately and became the system of choice for hospitals worldwide
With steady growth, PDC blazed new trails and set new standards, developing identification solutions for multiple markets, including healthcare, entertainment/recreation, law enforcement, and more. Today, PDC provides more wristbands to the healthcare market than all competitors combined.
1972 - PDC ADDS VISA BAND® PRODUCT LINE FOR ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION MARKETS
PDC expands its product offering to address the identification and crowd control needs for entertainment & recreation markets. Visa Band® quickly becomes the market leader, serving thousands of customers worldwide. Visa Band® is also the preferred choice of the world’s top venues, including the Super Bowl, the Summer Olympics, and Wimbledon.
1976 - PDC LAUNCHES CLINCHER®, THE FIRST INMATE ID WRISTBAND SYSTEM
PDC becomes the first company to provide Inmate ID Solutions for law enforcement and correctional facilities in 1976. Today, Clincher® covers virtually the entire inmate ID market, helping facilities identify and track inmate population.
1978 - PDC PRODUCES FIRST IMPRINTER STYLE WRISTBAND
Focusing on accurate and convenient identification, PDC develops the first imprinter style wristband. Today PDC offers the most extensive line of imprinter wristbands available.
1984 - PDC DEVELOPS FIRST BAR CODE WRISTBAND SYSTEM
Setting the standards in Automatic Wristband ID, PDC creates the first bar code wristband system. Using computer automation, PDC’S bar code bands minimize medical errors while maximizing economic efficiencies for nursing and medical staff. More hospitals choose PDC bar code bands than any other system in the world.
1997 - PDC PURCHASES ASSETS OF MARK-CLARK AND SECUR-TICKET DIVISIONS OF M-C INDUSTRIES
PDC’s purchase of the assets of the Mark-Clark and Secur-Ticket divisions of M-C Industries expands the company’s product offering in healthcare and entertainment/recreation markets. Based in Topeka, Kansas, M-C Industries was established in 1957.
2000 - PDC LAUNCHES THE SMART BAND® RADIO FREQUENCY (RFID) WRISTBAND SYSTEM
As the next step in wristband identification after bar coding, PDC develops the revolutionary Smart Band® RFID System. The system contains a microchip and antenna, which allows information to be written and retrieved by RFID scanners. Representing the new wave of the future in positive identification, Smart Band® provides maximum accuracy, security, and streamlined operations.
Mr Hutchinson was appointed to the PDC Board of Directors in June, 2002. Walter W. Mosher, former PDC President and co-founder, now serves as Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors for PDC.
2003 - PDC FORMS ADVANCED MARKETING & TECHNOLOGY GROUP (AMAT) GROUP
PDC creates the Advanced Marketing & Technology Group, a new department focused on the design, development, and marketing of automatic identification technologies. Robin Barber, formally Director of North American Sales for PDC, is appointed Vice President of AMAT.
2003 - PDC EXPANDS TO MEXICO
PDC expands internationally and opens a 50,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Mexico, representing the company’s continued growth.
2004 - EUROPEAN HEADQUARTERS ESTABLISHED
PDC establishes its first European Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium with the acquisition of its longtime distributor MFR Europe, now PDC-Europe
2005 - PDC TURNS 50!
Read about the beginnings and milestones of PDC over the past 50 years.
2006 - PDC AQUIRES ID PRODUCT LINES FROM HOLLISTER, INC
Hollister Ident-A-Band® hospital wristband and WrisTicket entertainment product lines purchased by PDC.
2007 - WATER STREET HEALTHCARE PARTNERS INVEST IN PRECISION DYNAMICS CORPORATION
Water Street Healthcare Partners, a Chicago private-equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, acquires a significant stake in PDC.
2008 - PDC AQUIRES TIMEMED LABELING SYSTEMS, INC
PDC acquires TimeMed Labeling Systems, a national producer of specialty healthcare labels, to create the industry’s leading provider of patient safety identification solutions.
2010 - PDC APPOINTS CECIL KOST AS PRESIDENT AND CEO
Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC) announced today that it has appointed Cecil Kost, a longtime healthcare executive, to president and chief executive officer. Mr. Kost has more than 25 years experience leading and growing a wide range of healthcare companies.
2011 - PRECISION DYNAMICS MERGES WITH THE ST. JOHN COMPANIES, INC
Precision Dynamics Corporation merges with the St. John Companies Inc. to create the world’s leading provider of patient safety identification and healthcare labeling solutions. St. John’s manufacturing facility in Tijuana is added to the company’s world-class manufacturing operations.
2012 - PDC-ST. JOHN BECOMES ISO 9000: 2008 COMPLIANT
PDC-St. John is ISO-compliant which means that our products and services are held to high quality standards. Through our compliance with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards, you can be assured PDC-St. John has superior business practices and a quality management system that assures maximum quality products and services.
2012 - PDC-St. John launches the ValuePlus® Standardization Service
Precision Dynamics Corporation-St. John, the global leader in healthcare identification solutions that maximize patient safety, announced the launch of its ValuePlus® Standardization Service, which enables customers to control and consolidate procurement across their entire supply chain, while enhancing patient safety and reducing costs.
2012 - Brady Corporation Acquires Precision Dynamics Corporation
Brady Corporation (NYSE:BRC) (“Brady”), a world leader in identification solutions, announced today that it has acquired Precision Dynamics Corporation (“PDC”) from Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, in a cash transaction for $300 million, subject to customary working capital and post-close adjustments. PDC, with annual sales of approximately $173 million, is a leader in identification products primarily for the healthcare market, specializing in patient wristbands, specialty labels and identification systems used in hospitals to reduce medical errors and integrate and share patient data.
2012 - PDC-St. John Appoints Tracey Carpentier as President
PDC-St. John announced today that it has appointed Tracey Carpentier, former PDC-St. John Chief Commercialization Officer, to president. Prior to her experience with PDC-St. John, Carpentier served as Vice President, Direct Marketing Americas at Brady Corporation.
2013 - PDC-St. John Rebrands Company to become PDC
Precision Dynamics-St. John, the global leader of innovative identification solutions, announced today that it has rebranded its business to better serve customers. Precision Dynamics Corporation, the company’s original trade name, will become PDC and feature separate and distinctive brands for its two main businesses in Healthcare and Leisure/Entertainment/Security. As part of the rebranding, PDC has launched five new websites targeted to the company’s separate markets.