History

1852

The original "House of Melotte" is founded in Belgium.

1888

Jules Melotte, son of company founder, invents the Melotte Cream Separator, securing the company's future in the dairy industry.

1927

George H. Gascoigne founds Gascoigne in Reading, England, rapidly building a reputation for down-to-earth, quality milking equipment.

1938

Gilmon F. Albrecht founds the Dairy Equipment Company in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

1939

Lawrence Bouma establishes Bou-Matic  Milkers, Inc.  in Ontario,  California.

1951

Dairy Equipment Company introduces Dairy-Kool "canless" bulk milk  coolers.

 

1956

Bou-Matic operates from a new location in Ontario and distributes equipment via its Bouma Distributor Agency.

 

1961

Dairy Equipment Company acquires Bou-Matic, relocates it to Wisconsin.

1969

DEC International, a parent company of Dairy Equipment Company, is established, reflecting the company's diverse product lines and global orientation.

1974

Gascoigne and Melotte merge to form Gascoigne-Melotte, a leader in milking machine design and development.

1994

Bou-Matic has divisions in several countries including Australia, England, France, Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

1997

Annual sales reach some $80 million, 60 percent of which derives from outside the United States.

2004

Bou-Matic purchases Gascoigne-Melotte Group to strengthen its global market position and enhance product lines of both companies.

2006

Bou-Matic and Gascoigne-Melotte are integrated into BouMatic LLC, a global dairy technology leader providing sound solutions that deliver superior results.