The History of MARDON
MARDON was started in 1988 by Donald B. Lord, grandfather of Bryan L Haynes. Over the course of his grandfather’s life the MARDON Company has produced a variety of innovative products. One of the first products were custom wearable buttons that would light up using very small lights connected to a custom PCB and two watch batteries. This was innovative at the time and the whole family was involved in selling buttons to businesses, schools, fire departments, and civic organizations.
The most celebrated and most innovative product created by Bryan’s grandfather was the Color Guard Sabre. Bryan’s mother and aunts were very active in both Color Guard and Winter Guard especially using Sabres. The problem was that there was only one company manufacturing sabre’s and the design of these sabres meant after only a few drops the sabre would break.
Ever the engineer Don got to work on a better design, an indestructible design. He succeeded and the MARDON Sabre was born. For years the MARDON Sabre was THE SABRE to use in Central NY and surrounding areas in Northeastern United States. Ultimately Color Guards and Winter Guards popularity began to wain, while many color guard teams still exist, the sabre is rarely if ever used. The sabre is the most difficult skill to master in color guard so it is no surprise that it is now the least popular. If the sabre ever makes a comeback, MARDON still has the capacity to produce the highest quality sabres.
If you made it this far you are probably wondering “why computers?”.
In the mid 1990’s Don also built custom computers for family, friends, and local businesses. Don believed that he could build a better performing, better quality PC than the name brands. It was during this time that he gave Bryan his first exposure to building computers.
Since the late 1990’s Bryan has continued that tradition of building custom computers for anyone that wants one. It has also led Bryan on a career in IT and Cyber Security that has seen him hold Senior/Executive level positions in Private industry, Government, and the US Military.
It is all in the name
Many ask the same question where did the name “MARDON” come from? They usually ask this as they mispronounce it, which is completely understandable. The origin of the name is actually as simple as it is genius. When Bryan’s Grandmother asked her husband what he was going to call the company he pondered only for a moment and said “MARDON”.
It was a combination of the first three letters of both of their names.
Margaret = MAR
Donald = DON
On that day MARDON was born. From that day until now MARDON has stood for Quality, Reliability, and Performance. Its our name, its our family name, and it is our promise to all of our customers.