Company History

Federal Equipment Company (FEC) was incorporated in the state of Ohio in 1982, as a partnership of experienced shipboard equipment engineers and technical experts in specialized material handling equipment. Working closely with the many domestic shipyards for their various projects the company was able to grow with the added benefit of the expansive machining capabilities located in and around the Ohio Valley Area.

This combination of skilled engineers and machining capabilities allowed Federal Equipment Company to pursue the shipboard spares market of the Defense Department Buying Facilities. This market required a high level of quality control and specialized packaging capabilities that were developed early on and have been maintained through today.

The next 10 years resulted in establishing a large market of military related products complete with an ever expanding engineering presence. It was during this time that Federal Equipment opened new facilities in San Diego, California and Norfolk, Virginia to aid in servicing coastal shipyards and ships worldwide.

By the mid 1990's, utilizing experience gained from work on shipboard helicopter landing systems, Federal Equipment Company expanded into the commercial market designing and manufacturing helicopter landing systems for Hospital Air-Care Centers. FEC Heliports was formed providing complete design, manufacture, installation and support of lightweight aluminum Heliports across the United States. This newly formed division of Federal Equipment Company provided continued growth during the downturn in defense spending that occurred during the late 1990’s. By the turn of the century FEC Heliports had become the largest Heliport designer and manufacturer in the world, leading to further expansion of manufacturing facilities on both coasts to keep up with this growth.

Federal Equipment Company expanded their engineering capabilities in late 1999, designing new dumbwaiter systems for the Navy and retractable helicopter hangar systems for the US Coast Guard. These capabilities continued to expand using the latest computer aided design technology and simulation tools, allowing even greater growth into other shipboard systems as well as additional commercial markets.

In 2006 Federal Equipment purchased the US Drill Head Company and moved its corporate headquarters into their 80,000 square foot facility along the Ohio River 10 miles west of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.  Furthering this expansion, FEC purchased TKF Conveyor Systems, also located in Cincinnati, in 2011, adding another 30,000 square feet of fabrication space and equipment.   With this increased engineering, manufacturing and production capacity, Federal Equipment Company is poised to continue its expansion into the Government Shipboard Equipment Market.