ECS was originally established in 1987 as the Conservation Division of Information Conservation, Inc. (ICI) in North Carolina. The ICI Conservation Division was renamed ECS in 2005 upon completion of a merger of ICI Binding and the Heckman Bindery, forming the parent organization, HF Group, LLC.

In 1987 the original staff consisted of Don Etherington and just three assistants. Over the years, the staff has quadrupled in size and currently works in two separate facilities. Our professionally trained and educated Senior Conservation Staff can proudly demonstrate more than 100 years of combined conservation experience treating valuable historic and artistic works. With conservation centers in North Carolina and Indiana, as well as corporate and binding facilities in Ohio and Boston, ECS offers conservation services to clients throughout the United States.

Our mission is to offer high quality, economical, and timely preservation and conservation services for libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other collection holding institutions, as well as for individuals and private collectors. ECS provides professional conservation treatment of books, documents, art on paper, and photographs from single items to large collections meeting the preservation goals of our clients.

ECS and its staff of conservators and conservation technicians comply with the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. For further information on the AIC Code of Ethics, please visit the AIC web site.