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“I would like to thank EPIC and especially Ron Buss on behalf of Industrial Summit Technology for the hard work and dedication programing the PLC on our new Skybond process. Beginning at startup to present, Ron has helped us improve the process. He has worked tirelessly making sure that the program follows our standard operation procedure accurately and we are very satisfied with the results.”

Ariel Hernandez, Resins Production Manager | Industrial Summit Technology


“Our team at Solutia called on the engineers at EPIC Systems to write PLC programming and beef up the equipment for our Skydrol packaging lines. The service we’d previously received from another system integrator was sub-standard and not robust enough to meet our manufacturing objectives. However, the new control system configured and implemented by EPIC’s engineers met or exceeded all of our expectations for success. We got what we needed and we continue to have success with the packaging system as a result of working with EPIC.”

Greg Kanteres, Director of Corporate Engineering | Solutia


“I have found, with no exception, EPIC to be a company of high technical capability, high quality of construction that always has delivered what they committed to on the date committed to.  Finding a company that will do what they say they will do when they say they will, and for the original price quoted has been hard to find in my experience but EPIC has always delivered for me.  Add high-quality people, high technical proficiency, and high-quality products and that is an equation that has worked well for me as a customer and I have come to value the partnership approach they bring to each project.”  

S. Carter, Sr. Director of Corporate Engineering | Nicepak – PDI


“I was quite impressed with their project management.  While we were under a very tight time constraint to complete the project, EPIC was able to manage the contractors to finish the work on time and within our budget.” 

Andy S., Project Manager | Teknor Apex Company


“With EPIC, we get the Engineer who can handle the job, and we deal directly with him (her).  We have always had more than qualified Engineers from EPIC that could handle the work.  And over the years we have developed close working relationships with several of their people.  I don’t think you can go wrong with choosing EPIC.”

T. Schoonenberg, Engineering and Operations Manager | The VVF, Illinois Services Company


“We wouldn’t even put EPIC in the running if we thought that they were incapable in any way of handling each and every one of our process and safety specifications. We have no doubt that the innovative solutions built and automated by EPIC will far surpass industry and market standards for accuracy, saving us time, money and future redesign. We want to be challenged to build the most innovative and most efficient systems for our manufacturing processes. With all of their recommendations, EPIC provides solid rationale for this caliber of advanced systems. I appreciate the fact that I have an external engineering team and that I can call or just come by EPIC to talk about a new concept or project.”

“I value their exploration of new technology and find long-term value in this company, not just for one-off projects. EPIC’s project managers keep open communication and have our trust. We know that they can do more than just get the job done; they can get it done right. We collaborate with inventive thinking based on efficiency and do not simply rely on what worked before for another client. We truly share a mutual respect. Oftentimes, we want input on our own designs and if they are the most effective and as efficient as they can be. We look to EPIC and they put our doubt and fear to rest through research and experiential proof. They get the parts on time and manage every facet of our projects flawlessly. Even when changes arise from us or if complications occur on the vendor-side, EPIC provides on-going support when we need it most. This group of engineers treats challenges as opportunities with their “we will find a way” mentality while always keeping the highest possible priority on safety. EPIC has helped our company become an engine for growth in the global economy.”

Sheila R., Senior Process Engineer | a top agricultural chemicals company


**Some client information has been redacted out of respect for our client confidentiality agreements.

Throughout 20+ years of business, EPIC Systems President John R. Schott has built strong win-win relationships with customers, suppliers and industry partners. Read what people are saying about John below.

Joseph Bradley CLCS
Vice President at J.W. Terrill
October 14, 2012, John R. was a client of Joseph’s

In thirty years of industrial sales I have had the opportunity to interact with numerous business managers and owners. John Schott stands out among all others based on his integrity and intellectual wherewithal. John has a genuine interest in improving himself and others around him. He is a leader by example and brings value to those he comes in contact with.

John Hegger is a General Manager at Anheuser-Busch

John Hegger
General Manager at Anheuser-Busch
October 12, 2012, John was a client of Jonn R.’s

John Schott brings high intelligence, superior work ethic and business acumen to create win-win partnerships with his clients. He has assembled a team that brings creativity and integrity to make the client’s project a success. John Schott excels in the development of process by innovating and setting the bars.

Vicki Allin is the Director of Territory Sales at Omni Cable

Vicki Allin
Director of Territory Sales at Omni Cable
October 11, 2012, Vicki worked with John R. in different groups

John is an extremely meticulous, professional and innovative businessman. He dissects situations with the utmost care to produce the most creative and ideal solution for any situation….that includes business, customer, employee, family or friend!

Les Conover is a Sr. Enterprise Risk Management Mgr. at Ameren

Les Conover
Sr. Enterprise Risk Management Mgr. at Ameren
October 11, 2012, John R. worked with Les in the same group

I’ve known John for 15 years and the two of us worked at an electrical distributor in St. Louis where we supported each other’s sales efforts. In addition to being coworkers, John mentored me and had a tremendous influence on my decision to pursue my MBA from Washington University. He is a well-respected business leader that started his business and grew it by employing good people, empowering them, and focusing their efforts to make Epic Systems a premier engineering firm. John’s management style is text book for any successful business. What is more important is the fact John is a wonderful husband and father. He will do anything to assist a friend or colleague and puts others interests ahead of his. He gives back to the community and does it because he sees the need and has a sincere desire to help others who are less fortunate.

Brad Seabaugh is President/Owner at Midwest Valve & Controls Inc.

Brad Seabaugh
President/Owner at Midwest Valve & Controls Inc.
October 11, 2012, Brad worked with John R. but at different companies

I have worked with John on various projects for over 12 years and have the utmost respect for him and his company standards and reliability. He has a high standard of ethics and competency on every endeavor that he pursues. I would recommend him with no reservation. Sincerely, Brad Seabaugh

Alan Faust
EHS Senior Director Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical
October 12, 2012, Alan worked with John R. in different groups

John is a very dedicated and creative person. John stepped into a complicated project for my company and he and his staff turned the project into a major success. I also know John away from work.He is a model citizen and family man. I highly recommend John for any task or involvement you may have a need.

DeChelle Summers, CMA is Financial Controller at DUAL Commercial LLC

DeChelle Summers, CMA
Financial Controller at DUAL Commercial LLC
April 19, 2012, DeChelle reported directly to John R. worked with Steve in the same group

John is by far the best manager I have ever worked. He is fair, ethical, and cares about his employees. In a world where the bottom line has gotten even more important to manage, John has not lost sight of the importance of his employees and the value of their human capital.

John is one of those people who can learn anything. If he doesn’t know something about azeotropic distillation, he will find out exactly how it works and be able to speak intelligently about it. He learns new topics on a regular basis, just for fun.

John is one of those rare people who is good at everything he does. He is a great manager and a perfect role model. He challenges convention. He believes that by understanding fundamentals, we can tackle complex problems with simple solutions. John can recognize the potential in people and mentor them into great accomplishments. He has touched many lives and many careers. It has been a privilege to work for John for the past five years. I recommend him for any and everything.

James Long is Owner at Long Equipment Company

James Long
Owner at Long Equipment Company
October 11, 2012, James was a client of John R.’s

John is the most trustworthy, competent and exceptional engineer that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. His technical acumen across all fields of technical knowledge, is truly the most special trait that any company owner/engineer can have. John also has a good personality that I find to be lacking in other contacts in technical design.

Kent F. Schien, MSEM, BSME President is president at Innov8Solutions

Kent F. Schien, MSEM, BSME
President at Innov8Solutions
March 15, 2011, Kent F. was a client of John R.’s

John and his company Epic are of the highest integrity. Epic is a no-nonsense company that works very hard at delivering a high-quality product. John runs is company efficiently and with great pride. He and his company are a great asset to anyone’s team.

Michael Riehn
Industrial Marketer & Digital Advertising Specialist
December 9, 2010, Michael reported directly to John R.

John is one of the most talented and passionate managers I’ve had the privilege of working with. He is loyal, honest and an exceptional leader who guides each employee to reach their maximum potential by offering praise and constructive criticism. John is not only a gifted engineer, but an excellent communicator with a skill to creatively educate the nuances of various technical projects. He is an insightful strategist, who efficiently thinks through both the design and technical aspects of every project. I have learned a great deal from him in a short period of time, and consider it a privilege to work for him.

Joan Swartz is Owner at Law Offices of Joan M. Swartz LLC

Joan Swartz
Owner at Law Offices of Joan M. Swartz LLC
February 1, 2011, Joan worked with John R. but at different companies

John is a delight to work with, you will find him prepared and knowledgeable. His best attribute is his ability to listen. I recommend John for any business association he pursues.

Steve Huffman is Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at Mead O'Brien, Inc.

Steve Huffman
Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at Mead O’Brien, Inc.
December 3, 2010, Steve was a client of John R.s

John and his company have been good partners on several projects we have worked on together. I’ve made it a point to bring other business to Epic Systems because of the results of these projects and our relationship.

Wayne Brinkman is a Senior Sales Representative at Emerson

Wayne Brinkman
Senior Sales Representative at Emerson
December 3, 2010, Wayne worked with John R. but at different companies

John’s unique approach to solving problems for his customers sets him apart from other solution providers. He exploits technology in ways that always surprise me.

Craig Geil
Owner at Geil Tech LLC
December 2, 2010, Craig reported directly to John R.

I’ve worked with John for many years, both as an employee and as an outside contractor. He has always been the epitome of a first class business owner. He is fair and honest with his employees and customers. I have always been impressed with not only his deep understanding of engineering but with his wide knowledge of many other subjects such as art, architecture and film making. When stymied by business decisions in my own company I have often asked myself “what would John do in this situation”. He is a patriotic American in every sense of the word, has always championed our country’s industry.

Tim Auer is Owner at B W Creative Services

Tim Auer
Owner at B W Creative Services
December 2, 2010, Tim worked with John R. in different groups

I have known John Schott for many years. We have been friends and co-workers. John’s most remarkable attributes are his enthusiasm for excellence, a constructive and positive approach to problem-solving and an astounding and valiant degree of personal integrity.

Kris Kozielek Regional Mgr./Sales Engineer at Logic Inc.

Kris Kozielek
Regional Mgr./Sales Engineer at Logic Inc.
December 2, 2010, Kris was a client of John R.’s

As a supplier of industrial automation equipment, I have worked with John and his organization, Epic Systems, for several years. In their projects, they use hardware and software we provide and apply it very well in a total solution for their customers. We’ve solicited Epic for work with our customers who needed complete integration services and would recommend them highly in the future.

Maria Lusardi
Marketing Consultant at Industrial Marketers, LLC
December 6, 2010, Maria reported directly to John R.

John is a very passionate business owner who really wants the best for his company and his employees. John works hard every day to ensure the success and happiness of everyone at EPIC and his high standards resonate throughout the company. Working for John has been an excellent experience.

Steve McElroy
Director of Sales at Graybar
October 15, 2012, John R. worked with Steve in the same group

In thirty years of industrial sales I have had the opportunity to interact with numerous business managers and owners. John Schott stands out among all others based on his integrity and intellectual wherewithal. John has a genuine interest in improving himself and others around him. He is a leader by example and brings value to those he comes in contact with.

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