In 1981, RYCO founder, Bob Ryan, patented his first machine. With the change of the fishing industry it was clear that the mass production of seafood was in dire need of innovative equipment. As a professional engineer, Bob Ryan designed the #638 Salmon Gutter (now the #645 Salmon Gutter). After seeing the success of the #638 machine he went on to design the #231 Fish Header, #659 Pinboner, #830 Bulk Weigh, #656 Filleter, #260 Crab Butcher and many more innovative machines to assist in the streamlining of food production. RYCO machines quickly took over the fish production industry and by 1990 the redesigned #643 Salmon Gutter became the industry standard salmon cleaning machine for a decade with hundreds of machines sold in North America, Europe, Japan and Russia. As a whole, our machines are now the industry standard for seafood production and our #225 Salmon Header is used by the majority of the operations in Alaska. If you are getting fresh Alaskan seafood in stores, it is almost guaranteed to have touched a RYCO machine at some point.
In 2000, Ryan officially founded RYCO Equipment. For decades he led RYAN/RYCO Equipment, furthering the company’s growth more and more with innovative products. In October of 2016, after a lifetime of accomplishments, Bob Ryan passed away surrounded by his loved ones. After working under his father and other key players in the industry for 20+ years, his son, Erik Murphy took over as official President and CEO of RYCO Equipment and has continued his fathers legacy. RYCO has made a drastic impact on the fishing industry and continues to design innovative products and branch out to other industries. What started as a small one machine venture for Bob Ryan has turned into a worldwide legacy.