Laser Video Corp. was started by Ken and Trudy O'Neill in 1985 with a $125,000 investment for start-up capital and equipment.
They continue to buy duplication services today, Ken O'Neill
said.The O'Neills started with 25 VHS tape machines making duplicate copies in the evening and on weekends.Ken O'Neill worked full time as a technical engineer at WPHL-TV (Channel 17) in Philadelphia at the same time.
With a series of office moves over 20 years, the company has grown to employ 10 workers and, last year, generated sales of $1.1 million.Ken O'Neill plans to commemorate the anniversary by applying 20th anniversary stickers to all business mailings this year.Laser Video
has occupied offices at 454 Germantown Pike and 509 Germantown Pike.In 1996, the company purchased 401 Germantown Pike for $500,000 and invested another $120,000 for equipment and office renovations."Our business had grown and we wanted to stay local," said Ken O'Neill
about the latest move.
...Ken O'Neill grew up in Whitemarsh, graduated from Archbishop Kennedy High School and attended Villanova University.He began working at WPHL-TV in 1979 as an engineer and was promoted to technical engineer in 1981.During his 23 years at the television station, he was the on-site engineer for Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia 76ers home games.He
also did the engineering work for "Dancing on Air" for five years.