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Ironically, the company first made its mark above ground - way above ground in fact. The founder, Erick O. Schonstedt, designed his first instruments for use in the aerospace industry, outfitting over 400 satellites with magnetometers, along with the Hubble telescope.

It was not until Schonstedt’s “flagship” product, the GA-52 Magnetic Locator, became the instrument of choice for surveyors in the 1970’s that the company found its true path. Today the company stand apart as manufacturer and distributor of the world’s most rugged and dependable underground locators, and the sky’s the limit!

Although today Schonstedt are almost exclusively focused on the commercial and industrial marketplace, the instruments are still suitable for launching into space, where repair is difficult or impossible. The company’s patented Heliflux® magnetic sensor technology is unsurpassed for its environmental stability and ability to detect ferrous objects to extreme depths. To view the company's pipe and cable locators compared, you are welcome to look through our Schonstedt Locators Comparison Charts.

In 1998 the company moved to its custom-built headquarters location in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, about an hour’s drive from Washington and Baltimore. Here Schonstedt assemble and quality control their instruments, provide repair services, design and develop new products and manage communications with the customers, dealers, and representatives. And the company are immensely proud to now be a 100% employee-owned company!

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