Emeco's founder, Witton C. Dinges, was a master tool and die maker with an engineering background. He believed that a hands-on approach to production using outstanding materials would lead to outstanding design and outstanding furniture. It is a vision that has served Emeco well since 1944.
Few organizations have as storied a history as the Electric Machine and Equipment Company. Since then, it has expanded its offering but held closely to Dinges' vision. Emeco and its manufacturing facilities are based in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
Ettore Sottsass was the first architect to use Emeco Chairs out of their industrial context, placing chairs and counterstools in homes and shops. Emeco requested that he desing an updated chair with a soft, wider seat and stacking capability. In 2007, Sottsass passed away at the age of 90 (Nine-0), just after seeing the final prototype of his chair. That prototype became the Emeco Nine-0 Collection.