Moore Industries mourns passing of its founder
Leonard W Moore (Len), founder and owner of Moore Industries-International, Inc., passed away at the age of 85 on 6 September. Len was born 26 November 1933 in Hazelton, Iowa, where he attended elementary through high school. At the age of 16 he graduated high school and then attended Iowa State University where he obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering.
After graduating college Len entered the Army in 1953 as a weapons guidance specialist, and trained and taught soldiers how to operate, calibrate and repair various guidance and artillery weapon systems. This was when Len realised he had a passion for instruments and control circuits.
In 1968 he founded Moore Industries-International, Inc. in North Hills, CA. Starting out in a small office with one employee and a very small budget, Len set out to design the most rugged industrial instrument solutions that he knew the industry needed. He used to say that at Moore Industries “we are an engineering company that solves customers’ problems by manufacturing bulletproof solutions”.
Beginning with one instrument, the SCT Signal Converter and Isolator, Len and his “troops” (the term that he used for the company’s employees) went on to design, build and support more than 225 different products that isolate, protect, convert, alarm, monitor, control and interface with any industrial or automation control and monitoring system. Len often said: “The best compliment we can get from our customers is that they forgot about our products or solutions because they performed so well that they just plain forgot they were ever installed.” The resulting rugged M1 Tank design can be seen in most of the company’s products that are enveloped in solid aluminium cases instead of fragile plastic or polycarbonate housings.
More than 50 years after its inception, Moore Industries’ world headquarters is still prospering and remains in North Hills, CA. The company continues to manufacture 100% of its products at this USA location, something Len insisted on. With two acquisitions, more than 19 industry associated patents, 200 employees and remote offices located in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and China, the company continues to engineer, design, manufacture and support existing and new products for worldwide process control and automation customers.
In 2009 Len was inducted into the ISA’s revered group of Honorary Members — individuals whose support of, or contributions to, the advancement of the arts and sciences of instrumentation, systems and automation are deserving of special recognition. Len was also a Professional Engineer, had a private contractor’s licence and was a pioneer and cornerstone for our industry.
Len is survived by his three sons: Tony and his companion Sonnie, Nick, and Chris and his wife Deanna; his grandsons Nick, Matthew, Justin and Christopher; and his long-time companion Christine Hulfish.
Len will be greatly missed as a smart, devoted and compassionate man with a quick wit and great sense of humour, who left a long and impressive legacy.
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