Unites States Air Force Telecommunications Specialist
Studying to be a Teletype Repairman in 1977 Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX
The origin of the Name: Blue Baron
My journey starts in a simple New England Town where, growing up as a young boy in the 60's, I was always fascinated with Mechanical devices; such as taking apart vintage toys like 'The Play Mobile' (Simulated car dash board) as well as building or taking things apart Go-carts, Minibikes and motorcycles.
As I grew in to young adulthood and Graduated from High School in 1976 and shortly after Vietnam War ended, I decided to join the US Airforce Air National Guard in 1977. This is where I studied complex Electro-Mechanical Teletype Systems as a Telecommunications Equipment Specialist holding a T.S. Security Status. When I graduated, I was later stationed in Wellesley, MA Air National Guard 267th Combat Communications Squadron for a period of 6 years in which I served a brief tour in Germany on a Strategic Air Force Base Command Post supported by NATO.
During this period of time, I joined up with a firm known as Computrend, where I would rebuild model 33 teletype machines from Teletype Corporation. This was all while going to college in the field of Electro-Mechanical Engineering where I later recieved a degree.
As I journeyed through more than a decade in the electronics field, my ladder job was working for Raytheon in Andover MA. My job was to test, troubleshoot and repair to the Component Level, Complex Test Equipment in support of the Patriot Missiles Systems for a period of almost 8 years.
During this time, I began to realize that working for other people was not what it was cut out to be. I decided to start my own cleaning business on the side and later bought my first Truck Mount Carpet Cleaning Machine.
As the business grew, I was always fixing the Truck Mount whenever problems arose, as well as Buffers, Portables, Auto-Scrubbers and an array of other cleaning equipment.
I always thought in the back of my mind I would like to start a small Fabrication Shop building truck mounts. While rebuilding and studying various makes and models, I knew where the improvements would lie in the design, as well as the heating and overall layout of these machines while keeping the "End User In Mind".
As I learned many Tig & Mig Welding skills and manufacturing processes the Blue Baron TM & Red Baron TM Truck Mount Carpet Cleaning Machine was Born and from then on it has been a success especially with our New Innovative PATENTED Heat Exchanger System.
My wife and I work together. She does BookKeeping as well as administers marketing
promotions, while I work on building our state of the art machines and training our Customers.
Thank you for your time reading my story on how it all began.
I dedicate this page and the name Blue Baron to my Grand Father, Lewis Crosby, (Left) who was a Naval Aviator in WWI Piloting a Fighter Bi-Plane. He fought the Germans in Foreign skies for our Country and almost sacrificed his life when he was shot down behind enemy lines. Fortunately he survived to tell his courageous story to my mom and his family.
Yes, we are not like Jon Don or Interlink Salesmen Sitting in a Office pretending to know what we are talking about on a Truck Mount Carpet Cleaning Machine we have never used.
We are Proud to say "We are End Users" of the Machines we Build" Experiencing the Dependability and High Performance Unmatched by our Competition.
Our Patented Axis Point Heat Exchanger sets our Blue Baron Factory above and apart from all other Manufacturers and built with Passion, Focus and Commitment while keeping the "End User in Mind."
Blue Baron Carpet Cleaning Systems, LLC has been building these"All American Truck Mounts" for now 13 years. Our Fine Units are Engineered and Built here in the USA in Holiday Florida in a Factory Direct facility from a 36 Year Veteran of the Cleaning Restoration Industry.
I have been in Business since 1982. I have 36 years experience total in the Floor Care industry. I have made Fabrication my business with the Passion of building the Best Truck Mounts this industry has to offer.
Now 13 years Plus and going Strong!
Photos Standing in front of my house in Nashua, NH in the 1980s
Served from 1977 to 1983
267th Communications Combat Squadron, Wellesly, MA
Where I was Trained in Telecommunications.
I served on a Special Assignment at the Royal Air Force NATO Base in Wildenrath Germany in 1980 (Vintage Photo)