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MAC Celebrates 40th Anniversary

April 30, 2009
MAC Equipment, a member company of Clyde Process Solutions PLC, is celebrating 40 years of providing technology-driven solutions to air filtration and material management challenges.

In 1969, Gary and Virginia McDaniel established MAC Equipment in Sabetha, Kansas. The company started out as a business pioneering the development of dust collection and clean air systems based on the Clean Air Act of 1970.

Through the 1970s MAC continued to be in the forefront of new technology related specifically to dust collection and reduced emissions in the grain and food industries. In 1978, MAC acquired COLT-ON Industries, which added pneumatic conveying to its offerings and also incorporated the trademark logo of MAC Equipment.

In 1979, Gary McDaniel was named the National Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year by then-President Jimmy Carter. In 1984, MAC acquired Boothe Industries, which added dense-phase conveying to its line of equipment offerings, an integral technology in the processing industry. MAC moved its corporate headquarters in 1986 to Kansas City, Missouri, and opened its single-source Service Center for parts, components, small system sales, and ancillary parts associated with dust collection and pneumatic conveying. Through the 1990s, MAC continued its advancement by acquiring SEMCO Systems in 1993 and Allied Flo-tronics in 1994, furthering its foray into pneumatic conveying.

Gary McDaniel retired in 1998 and sold the business to George K. Baum and Co., allowing for growth in both dust collection and pneumatic conveying during the next decade. This dramatic growth in such a short span of time caught the attention of Clyde Process Solutions PLC, which acquired MAC in 2007. The acquisition created a global presence for both MAC and Clyde technologies that continues today.

MAC Equipment employs more than 350 people in North America. More than 30% of the company’s workforce consists of degreed engineers in mechanical, electrical, chemical, and milling science disciplines. “Our experienced in-house engineers enable us to implement complete system design, project management, and turn-key installed projects,” said Jay Brown, president and CEO of MAC.

“This unique combination, together with our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities (Houston, Texas and Sabetha, Kansas), test labs (pneumatic and filtration), and leading research and development personnel, makes MAC the premier source for pneumatic conveying, process controls and air filtration,” said Dan Geller, executive vice-president. “Successful innovation, together with the effective use of advanced technology, has fostered the global expansion of our business throughout the processing industry. With evolving regulations concerning OSHA, NFPA, and plant safety, MAC has stayed on the forefront of understanding and designing equipment for environmental safety and cleanliness.”

For more information, visit www.macequipment.com.