Martin Engineering Acquires Cougar Industries

May 14, 2010

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Martin Engineering Acquires Cougar Industries

Martin Engineering, the world’s largest supplier of industrial vibrators, has announced the acquisition of Cougar Industries (Peru, IL), a manufacturer of high-quality industrial vibrators made in the U.S.

Martin Engineering CEO Scott Hutter said that plans are to retain the Cougar name and continue operations in Peru as a division of Martin Engineering. “Cougar has a great reputation for high quality, heavy-duty electric vibrators operating on alternating and direct current,” he said. “This move will give us complete control over our vibrator quality and delivery. It will also allow us to quickly design, engineer, and manufacture vibrators for special customer applications. Martin Engineering will now be able to more actively pursue worldwide applications for all types of vibrators, especially 12- & 24-volt models used on mobile equipment, which is one of Cougar’s strengths.” 

Since patenting its first truck vibrator in 1964, Cougar has grown through expansion and strategic acquisition. The company designs and manufactures an electric line of single- and 3-phase vibrators in a wide range of force outputs. The firm also manufactures piston, ball, ring, and turbine pneumatic vibrators and a complete line of hydraulic powered units. 

Cougar has a long history supplying an extensive family of 12- and 24-VDC vibrators specifically for truck and mobile applications, and supplies a broad line of equipment to evacuate material from storage vessels. Air Cannons, Gyro-Whip bin cleaning and Power Lance bin drill systems will continue to be made in Peru, IL.

Founded in 1944, Martin Engineering is a world leader in making bulk materials handling cleaner, safer and more productive. Headquartered in Neponset, IL, the company has manufacturing, sales, and service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and the UK, with licensees in Australia, Chile, and Canada.

In 2008, the company opened its 30,000-sq-ft Center for Innovation (CFI) in Neponset. The CFI is headquarters for Martin Engineering’s global R&D investments focused on improving productivity and profitability for all industrial operations where clean, safe, productive handling of bulk material is key to the production process. 

Over the years, Martin Engineering's headquarters has expanded to occupy more than 152,000 sq ft of floor space. The campus now includes sophisticated engineering, research, and development, high tech computer controlled machines for laser cutting, turning, forming, and urethane molding. An integrated computer system controls order entry, JIT manufacturing, inventory, and accounting. The Neponset facility and several of its subsidiary companies are certified to the "world-class" ISO 9001 Quality Systems.

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