It all started when Judson wanted his wall-to-wall carpet cleaned in 1959. A carpet
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cleaning company came to shampoo the carpet. When they loaded the equipment he
asked, “Where did the dirt go?” He realized that the dirt was still in the carpet. He then
went and got a Black & Decker wet vac, the most powerful vacuum at the time and
designed a special cleaning attachment for it. This attachment is what is known today as
the wand, which he had patented. His next step was to connect the wand to the wet vac
and a water supply with a pressure pump. This system was patented as the Deep Clean
System DC1 electric extraction system.
Judson was contacted by Monsanto who had just recently invented Astroturf artificial
surfaces for football fields. At this time the only method for cleaning the football fields
was the old shampoo method which left a slippery soap residue.
Judson designed a gasoline powered extraction system that consisted of a 4’ wide wand
that was self-propelled, had a propane water heating system, and a high pressure pump
system. This unit used a #8 Sutorbilt blower that was powered with a 350 Chevrolet
engine. Monsanto used the system to maintain their football fields. This system was
issued a patent. This cleaning system is what is known as the truck mount in today’s
This system was a direct drive truck mount and to this day is the world’s most powerful
truck mount that has ever been developed.
Through the years, Judson has developed many firsts for the industry, including a hybrid
truck mount that consisted of an electric motor and a gas engine.
Roger Milliken, of Milliken Textile Industries, contacted Judson concerning the air
quality in the facilities that manufacture yarn. The environment was contaminated with
airborne dust from the production machinery. This dust was causing defects in the end
product, but more importantly it was causing brown lung disease.
Judson developed a centralized vacuum system consisting of a positive displacement
blower, which is the same blower that is used on truck mounts.
Judson patented this system and it solved the problem for the textile industry. This
vacuum system was installed in all of the major textile plants throughout the southeast.
This then let to a contract with the U. S. Postal Service in the mail processing facilities.
Again there were air quality problems from breathing paper dust that was causing a form
of brown lung disease. The dust would also cause premature bearing failure in the
processing machines. They installed central vacuums to eliminate the air hose.
About 4 years after they started installing the vacuum systems, the Post Office had an anthrax
attack. Judson developed an inline separator for the vacuum system that would
Judson made a lot of acquaintances in the industry, through the years. One relationship
he developed was with Ed York. At the time Ed lived in Fresno, California and would
visit Judson in Greenville, South Carolina. Ed then moved to Greenville, along with the
SCT headquarters. Judson, being a graduate of Clemson University which is a textile
college, was able to introduce Ed to the carpet manufacturing side of the industry.
Another relationship that Judson developed in this industry was with Ken Hines of
Sunbelt USA in Raleigh, North Carolina. Judson has been building truck mounts for
Sunbelt for 33 years.
Judson was the ultimate entrepreneur. He started many businesses throughout his
lifetime which included: Cycleworld which consisted of 14 motorcycle dealerships; FBO
(Fixed Base Operation) which was a flight school, aircraft maintenance, training and
aircraft sales company; Outdoor World which was South Carolina’s largest boat and
motor home distribution center; a nightclub and restaurant; and he even had a portable
toilet business. During his final days he was even designing an electronic cigarette