|With courage, motivation, and a $5.00 sale, Bud Thoen founded Douglas Machine.
|1966 was a landmark year as Bud’s cousin Vern Anderson joined the business. The company was incorporated and became Douglas Machine Corporation.
|Vern Anderson’s brother Paul joins the team and ground is broken for a new 12,760 square foot facility.
|Added 12,500 square feet to accommodate increasing machine sales and a growing number of new employees.
|To meet the growing demand for packaging automation, the product line expanded to include case packers, tray packers, box formers, and inserters.
|A new metal finishing facility is built to meet the growing finishing demands of the company and ensure quality.
|The 1,000th machine is sold to the Coca-Cola Company in New York to package non-returnable plastic bottles. Transitioned from drafting table design to computer-aided design.
|The company becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of APV/PLC in London, England.
|Vern and Paul, the original owners of Douglas Machine, buy back the company from APV/PLC. The company becomes Douglas Machine, LLC.
|As part of the buy back agreement from APV/PLC and to meet increasing shrink-wrap equipment demands, twin roll shrink-wrap technology is acquired from APV Rockford.
|Acquired controlling interest in Davis Engineering, located in Deerwood, Minnesota.
|To complement its existing paperboard cartoner offerings, Douglas Machine acquired a controlling interest in Dimension Industries, Inc.
|The company becomes Douglas Machine Inc. and 100% employee owned, providing the employees with a vested interest in the company.
|Selected from over 8,000 suppliers, Douglas Machine receives the Miller Brewing Company’s Partnership in Excellence Award.
|Douglas Machine receives the 2002 Governor’s International Trade Award for its contributions to Minnesota’s success in global markets.
|Introduced new Axiom® case/tray packer platform featuring servo motion control and patented high-speed carton stacker.
|Introduced new Contour™ series shrink wrappers with patented infeed, metering and tunnel technology.
|Introduced new Invex® low-speed case/tray packer in compact three- and four-station configurations.
|Expanded into Top Load case packing with the introduction of the new TriVex® platform. Introduced new Vectra® cartoner, Axiom® ARC case packer, and VS Series™ shrink wrapper.
|Product offering expands with the introduction of the new Ascend™ bottom load case packer. New Contour™ gas-powered heat tunnel provides up to 75% savings on energy costs.
|New Invex® IM case packer technology provides high reliability, economy, and flexibility.
|Top load case packing business expands with the success of TriVex® vision guided robotics and retail ready display case capabilities.
|Douglas Machine celebrates 50 years in the packaging automation and services business!
|Introduced new Contour™ 30/60 Series, TriVex® RL & RLi top load case packers and Vantra™ IM cartoner.
|New product features launched, including SmartSelect Automatic Changeover and Automatic Film Splicer.
|Launched Stratum™ Palletizer and TriVex® SL & SLi platforms.
|Added flat pack capability to the TriVex® SL & SLi platforms allowing this top loader to meet market needs for lines requiring products to be packed vertical in the case and lines requiring both vertical and flat pack product orientation.
|Launched updated Vectra™ Cartoner with new 40% floor plan width reduction design.
|Douglas launches new TriVex® CLi Top Load Case Packer for IQF applications.
|Exhibited at Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo for the first time in Nashville, Tennessee.
|Douglas launches new logo!
|Robotic product collation and metering available for Douglas’ reliable Contour™ SPS-80 Shrink Packers.
|This Simplifies Everything: Douglas Machine launches CpONE™ Intermittent Motion Case Packer.
|Douglas’ new robotic metering for Contour™ 60-Series machines reduces maintenance and improves simplicity.
|Douglas earns Governor’s Safety Award as part of the 85th annual Minnesota Safety & Health Conference.
|Douglas earns Governor’s Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement in Occupational Safety for fourth year in a row
|Douglas launches new line of OPTX™ wraparound case/tray packing solutions