Massman Automation History

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Massman Automation’s Timeline


Massman Automation Designs had its start in the garage of Burl Massman.


Burl Massman sells the first Massman Automation Designs machine to Chamberlain Manufacturing Corporation in Albia, Iowa. The machine was designed to wrap aluminum storm doors for shipping.


Massman moves out of Burl’s garage and into its first building


The need for more space is undeniable. Massman completes an expansion, adding more assembly and office space.


Burl retires, selling the business to Jeff Bigger, former VP of Douglas Machine and Former President of Brenton Engineering.


Massman acquires Midmac, helping expand the company’s product offerings into the filter assembly division.


Massman acquires Sabel Engineering, adding bottom load and robotic case packers to its growing case packing product line.


Massman acquires Talon Manufacturing, adding microwave popcorn packaging and flex pouch packaging to Massman’s product lines.


Due to increased business Massman expands, adding 14,250 square feet of assembly and office space, also adding a new break area, engineering department and more conference rooms.


Massman acquires both PSA (Packaging Systems Automation) and PASE Group, adding cartoners, product placers/handlers (PSA), liquid fillers, drum/tote fillers, denesters and depalletizers (PASE) to its product offerings.


Massman acquires Bedford Technology® LLC’s packaging equipment division, enabling Massman to broaden its presence in the consumer packaging market by now offering recloseable packaging solutions to its customers.


Massman acquires both Elliot Manufacturing and EDL Packaging, greatly expanding Massman’s offerings into case erector and sealers (Elliot), and flexible packaging options such as shrink wrapping and shrink bundling (EDL).


Massman acquires DTM Packaging and Custom Automation, a leader in machinery manufacturing and re-manufacturing as well as the integration and automation of production lines. The strategic addition allows Massman to offer complete packaging line solutions for a variety of industries.


Massman aquires NEM New England Machinery. NEM product lines include bottle Unscramblers, Orienters, Cappers, Retorquers, and Lidders. NEM also provides several types of specialty equipment including

Pluggers, Pump Sorters and Placers, Scoop Feeders, and Spout Inserters.


Massman Companies purchases 80 acres of land in Alexandria, MN which will serve as a new building location for The Massman Companies and Massman Automation.