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Ed Swartz, owner and founder of Static Control Components Inc.

November 4, 2013

Ed Swartz

It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing of Ed Swartz, Owner and Founder of Static Control Components Inc.

The remanufacturing industry mourns the loss of Ed Swartz. Ed passed away peacefully yesterday, 4 November 2013, at the age of 77. Ed was a loving husband and father, and was a pioneer in making the remanufacturing industry what it is today.

He was born in Winston-Salem on 13 December 1935, and grew up in Salisbury before moving to Sanford. Swartz founded Static Control Components in 1986, with the Sanford Herald calling him one of Lee County’s “most prominent businessmen.”

Swartz is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughter Karen, his son Michael and wife Audra, his son William and wife Mary, and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrous Foundation or Hospice of Lee County. Online condolences can be made at

Industry reacts

Vincent van Dijk, Secretary General of ETIRA, said: “It was with great sadness that the Board and Members of ETIRA learned of the passing of Ed Swartz, our industry’s pioneer: a man who was truly instrumental in the creation and development of the global cartridge remanufacturing industry.

“As Founder of Static Control Components, the number-one supplier to remanufacturers worldwide, he was a visionary man, who saw the potential of cartridge reuse long before many others did.

“The products and services offered by his firm have since received worldwide recognition. And quite rightly so: Ed’s dedication and commitment to engineering and product development was key in making remanufacturing the innovative high-tech industry it is today.

“And Ed always stood by the industry all the way: whenever the OEMs tried to frustrate remanufacturing, Static Control successfully fought back. ETIRA and its Members are truly grateful to Ed Swartz, and thank him for all he has done for the industry throughout his long career.

“Ed will be greatly missed by all of us, and we will always remember what he has meant for the industry. Our sympathy is with all Ed’s loved ones.”

Laura Heywood, UKCRA’s Correspondence Secretary, added: “Like the great Henry Ford of 100 years ago, Ed Swartz was a visionary that saw an opportunity for the smaller company on a budget to have the same opportunity for quality print output as an original product, but at an affordable price.

“In selling quality components to cartridge remanufacturers, he gained their loyalty and their confidence by ensuring that every component ordered was backed up by a technical, research, and quality control department that would be the envy of any scientific institution.

“As well as founding a Queens Award-winning company, under his leadership he defended his products through the courts, underlining the survival of the remanufacturing industry. And committing financially, as well as two of his best men as stakeholders to the EPEAT process, he went far in making a difference in the outcome of the IEEE 1680.2 standard now being adopted in over 40 countries worldwide.

“We will miss his monthly comments and advice in The Recycler, but are confident tha,t being a man of foresight and imagination, he would have made certain that the company he loved and was so determined to protect will be secure in facing the future in confidence to the next challenge – whatever it may be.”

Lalit Kumar, of Softline in Chennai, told The Recycler: “The remanufacturing industry has lost its most illustrious son. What we are today is because [of] his support [of] remanufacturing industry, by providing good quality products, technical know-how and creating awareness by helping many exhibitions to take place.

“He led from the front when he took on Lexmark; he insulated the industry from the OEMs’ unnecessary onslaught. His love for [the] industry was unmatched. We salute the man who inspired many to think big and helped many to achieve big. We pray to God to give peace to his departing soul. We always remember him for his contribution to our lives.”

Shashank Ruiwale of Indigo Prints Smart Pvt Ltd. added: “I mourn about the news with deep sorrow! Ed was the great pioneer for the remanufacturing industry and had many ‘FIRSTS’ to his credit. He was an inspiration to many in this industry. “I personally had tried to follow his principles and guidelines during the course of my business, and will miss him a lot. “Let the Almighty bless the soul and let it lay in peace.”

Asterisk Electronics’ Balkishan Sharma stated: “We are sorry to [hear] about the sad demise of Ed Swartz. He was a great man with great thinking and [a] clear vision. “He founded such a big company, and moreover contributed a lot [to the] development of [the] remanufacturing industry, not only in [the] USA but worldwide also. “We pray from God, his soul rests in peace and provide mental strength to family members, friends and others so that they [can] overcome such a big loss.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed’s family, friends and colleagues.

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