MacLean-Fogg Company, Family-Owned, Worldwide Enterprise, Celebrates 85 Years
Through wars and recessions, the MacLean-Fogg Company has grown into a worldwide enterprise with facilities throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and sales of $800+ million annually. This year, the privately-held enterprise celebrates 85 years in business while maintaining impressive growth by strictly adhering to its initial principle, “Help the industry and we will help ourselves. Solve the customer’s problem at a fair price and on time.”
Today, Barry L. MacLean, President and CEO of the MacLean-Fogg Company, is responsible for building a successful global business through innovative product development and selected acquisitions, with 3,000 employees and 34 locations, held tight with a bond of personal integrity and the highest performance standards. The MacLean Family’s Legacy involves an innovative wo rking environment, an open and honest culture, diverse and quality products, and superior customer education and service. “For 85 years, we have successfully developed a portfolio of products for the vehicle, industrial and utility markets, by building and acquiring our product lines. It has been a wonderful trip. I’m looking forward to celebrating 100 Years!” commented MacLean.
In 1925, John A. MacLean Sr., former executive of the Boss Nut Company, took advantage of an opportunity and started his own locking fastener business, offering one lock nut to North America’s railroads. In 1927, John MacLean Junior left his stock and bond position and joined the company. John MacLean III joined the company in 1957, and worked alongside his father to develop new products. In 1959, the MacLean family bought out silent investors and, in 1961, Barry L. MacLean, mechanical engineer, joined the firm. MacLean-Fogg holds hundreds of patents on inventions that range from innov ative products to unique means and methods of constructing p! roducts. Barry MacLean stated, “We will continue to develop our capabilities to truly be a global company, a global manufacturer and a global supplier with an infrastructure that enables us to call on customers everywhere.”
The MacLean Family Enterprise has grown through acquisition, building up factories, consistently keeping the idea of focused factories, not getting too big in one place while also investing in the future of people, giving them skills, and encouraging them to go to school to help train themselves. Says MacLean, “It is important to keep each location small and focused to optimally serve employees and customers. Believing in people is our most important asset.” Barry’s son, Duncan MacLean, is President and CEO of the MacLean Vehicle Systems business, Tom Smith is President and CEO of the MacLean Power Systems (MPS) business and daughter, Margaret MacLean, is a Vice President at MPS.
The MacLean-Fogg Company is a worldwide enterprise with 23 North American manufacturing facilities, 11 international facilities, annual sales of $800+ million, and a worldwide workforce of more than 3,000 people. The Company provides engineered metal and plastic components to the industrial, automotive, military and aerospace markets, and unique devices used in the transmission and distribution of power.