The most recognized provider of sawmill machinery solutions that increase the efficiencies of our customer’s operations.
Frank McDonough opened a small manufacturing plant with the intention of building custom made sawmill equipment that was better than anything being built at that time. Because he worked in the sawmill pictured above, he knew first hand what equipment improvements were needed. The mill was built on the banks of the Eau Claire River in a city now nicknamed “Sawdust City” because saw milling was the main industry in the 1800’s when thirteen sawmills were operation in Eau Claire. By the early 1930’s the virgin white pine was gone and so were the mills along the banks of the Eau Claire River. But Frank’s machinery manufacturing company survived and prospered.
McDonough Manufacturing was started to fulfill a need. Frank McDonough’s business philosophy was clearly stated on his business logo: “McDonough sawing Machinery - Highest Standard of Efficiency - Rapid Production -Design - Durability - Simplicity - Strength.”
We appreciate your faith in our equipment and services, and because of that, we have been able to thrive and grow for over 100 years. There are records and photographs of our plant prior to 1880, or several years before we were incorporated in November 1888. This indicates we actually were manufacturing sawmill machinery several years before we incorporated.
By 1890 McDonough’s equipment was already recognized for its innovations, rugged design and value. Two years later, in 1892, McDonough was granted a patent on the first “Traveling Bed Feed Resaw”, now known as a Linebar Resaw. Today, it is one of the most profitable machines in the modern mill-a machine that has actually saved many sawmills from extinction.
The lumber industry has grown and changed a lot since the 1880’s, and McDonough Manufacturing Company has grown right along with it. We have never lost our ability for innovation nor our desire to make the best sawmill equipment available. Our exclusive Super Duty Air Strain system is a case in point. So is our patented McDonough End Dogging Log Feeding system. McDonough Band Mills, Band Resaws and related equipment items are better known than ever for rugged design, reliability and value. Our continuing company policy of complete, personal service is still the best in the industry.
Brand loyalty is no longer the main factor in new equipment purchases. Value and payback have become the new criteria and we are still considered a preferred supplier. There’s a reason we haven’t forgotten Frank McDonough’s original philosophy that has brought us to where we are today as an independent privately owned company: “McDonough sawing Machinery - Highest Standard of Efficiency - Rapid Production -Design - Durability - Simplicity - Strength.”