The History of Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.
1945 - Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. was founded in 1945 by cousins Leo and Ted Bachhuber. The original manufacturing facility was a rented garage building in a back alley off Mayville's Main Street. Total assets of the company included a few worn metal working tools, a little cash, and an abundance of grand ideas. The original letterhead bore the title "Tools, Dies, and Special Machinery." For the first fledgling years, MEC concentrated on these products as well as offering their services to the larger manufacturers in the area. Soon Leo departed for other ventures, leaving Ted and his wife Grace to breathe life into their dream.
Progress was slow in these formative years, but as the company became known for the quality of its products and the resourcefulness of its personnel, the pace quickened. Almost overnight, the company became desperate for additional production space to keep up with the growing demand for its products. MEC acquired a small warehouse adjacent to its rented garage, and later purchased a commercial building at 10 South Main Street where an office and assembly facilities could be established.
1955 - MEC enters into the Shotshell Reloaders market to later be known as the #1 Shotshell Reloader in the World selling over 2 million reloaders. The MEC Shotshell Reloader has 8 models from progressive to automatic in any price range.
1963 - Due to continued strong growth, the company needed to expand even more. When the city offered MEC a parcel of land in its newly established industrial park, it was eagerly accepted. When the new plant was completed in 1963, it covered approximately 14,000 square feet and employed 26 people.
1985 - MEC becomes a company that is 100% Employee-Owned (ESOP). This becomes an important part of our business as our employee shareholders are not only invested in the company, but also develop a sense of pride and ownership in the company they work for.
1993 - MEC wins Manufacturer of the Year Award.
1996 - Manufacturer of the Year Award is awarded to MEC for the second time.
1999 - 163,000 sq. ft. facility for MEC Aerial Work Platform business completed in Beaver Dam, WI.
2001 - The Aerial Work Platform business is sold and the Beaver Dam, WI facility is mothballed.
2004 - MEC acquires Custom Metal Products and Phoenix Coaters businesses.
2006 - 69,000 sq. ft. of "CARC" painting capabilities added with Phoenix Coaters in Berlin, WI.
2006 - MEC Prototype/Service Division is launched. This division was formed to cater to our customers that demand quick turnaround times and low cost pre-production processes. Aftermarket services are also performed in the Prototype/Service Division. From prototype, there is a seamless transition to manufacturing with our MEC Contract business unit.
2007 - 2nd "CARC" paint line added at the Beaver Dam East location. This is a 14-stage spray washer, liquid primer & topcoat with a weight capacity of 2,400lbs a load bar with a part size of 48 inches wide by 96 inches long and 78 inches in depth.
2008 - 50,000 sq. ft. added with the start-up of Fabricating Specialists Division in Neillsville, WI. The specialty of this division is providing multiple bends in a single tube piece that would otherwise require multiple bent tubes only ending in welding the pieces together. Fabricating Specialists becomes a profitable business unit by 2010.
2008 - 167,000 sq. ft. acquired for expanding MEC Contract division (MEC North).
2009 - The Mayville Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street of Mayville presents Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. with the award for Community Involvement and Improvement for the renovation done on the old Maysteel building, which is now called MEC North, turning one of Mayville's Main Streets into a beautiful addition to the City.
2009 - 303,000 sq. ft. built in Beaver Dam, WI for added square feet and a state-of-the-art coating facility (Phoenix Coaters - Beaver Dam West). This project was completed in June of 2010 and has a potential of creating more than 200 jobs in the area.
2010 - MEC wins Manufacturer of the Year Special Award for Community Involvement & Conservation Education. The MOTY award recognizes Wisconsin companies that demonstrate a commitment to business excellence which has a positive impact on the company and state, making Wisconsin a better place to live, work and play.
2010 - May of 2010, MEC becomes one of Journal Sentinel's Top 100 Workplaces. This award identifies southeastern companies that consider it an obligation, or at least smart business, to include their employees in a 'fair shake and a fulfilling work experience'.
2010 - MEC is awarded Wisconsin's Distinguished Entrepreneurial Award and a spot on the Top 75 from Deloitte. This program recognizes business contributions to the communities in which they are located, the people who build the business and the overall Wisconsin economy of which they are a part of. The Top 75 is a compiled list of Wisconsin's 75 largest privately held companies.
2010 - Wautoma, WI facility is purchased from Cummins Filtration after sitting vacant for two years. This location has the potential of creating over 200 jobs within the next three years. It adds 156,424 sq. ft. and 12.6 acres of land to expand MEC's manufacturing capabilities in the area. Production is planned to start as soon as the first quarter in 2011. This will add as the 7th location for Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.