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Deister Machine Co.: more than 100 years of history.

Deister Machine Co. Inc. recently celebrated its 100th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of high-quality feeding, scalping and screening equipment. As a family-owned business with a history of innovation that began prior to World War I, Deister says that, "it continues to build upon its century of service via solid engineering and customized screening solutions that allow today's aggregate producers to efficiently meet the most stringent specifications."

Irwin F. Deister Jr., chairman, and E. Mark Deister, president, represent the family's third generation at the company's helm. Their coveted tradition of quality and customer satisfaction began with their grandfather, Emil Deister, the company's founder.

Emil Deister built his first ore-separating table in his basement and took his invention to Arizona, where he begged space from mill owners for its demonstration. Successful and armed with orders for the new equipment, Emil returned to Fort Wayne to set up business in 1906, as the Deister Concentrator Co. In 1912, Emil sold his interests in Deister Concentrator Co. and established Deister Machine Co. Inc.

Deister Machine Co. began manufacturing operations at 1933 East Wayne Street in Fort Wayne, Ind., its current location. The original building, a 5,500 sq.-ft. plant, is still in active use amidst a total operation that today spans more than 360,000 sq. ft. and four plant locations in Fort Wayne.

In 1933, Deister introduced a special screen for sizing aggregate materials used in hot-mix asphalt plants. Subsequently, the company added vibrating feeders and foundry equipment, including shakeouts, compaction tables, reclaimers and oscillating conveyors. Products varied in the 1930s and 1940s to meet the economics and sociology of the times with water softeners being produced during the Great Depression. Battery test stands meeting U.S. military standards were manufactured during World War II.


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Title Annotation:Deister Machine Co celebrates more than 100 years of history
Publication:Rock Products
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Oct 1, 2015
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