1945 - Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. was founded by cousins Leo and Ted Bachhuber. The original manufacturing facility was a rented garage building in a back alley off Mayville's Main Street. Total assets of the company included a few worn metal working tools, a little cash, and an abundance of grand ideas. The original letterhead bore the title "Tools, Dies, and Special Machinery." For the first fledgling years, MEC concentrated on these products as well as offering their services to the larger manufacturers in the area. Soon Leo departed for other ventures, leaving Ted and his wife Grace to breathe life into their dream.
Progress was slow in these formative years, but as the company became known for the quality of its products and the resourcefulness of its personnel, the pace quickened. Almost overnight, the company became desperate for additional production space to keep up with the growing demand for its products. MEC acquired a small warehouse adjacent to its rented garage, and later purchased a commercial building at 10 South Main Street where an office and assembly facilities could be established.
1955 - MEC entered the Shotshell Reloaders market and would later be known as the #1 Shotshell Reloader in the World, having sold over 2 million machines worldwide.
1985 - MEC became a company that is 100% Employee-Owned (ESOP). This becomes an important milestone for the business as our employee shareholders are not only invested in the company, but also develop a sense of pride and ownership in the company they work for.
2008 - MEC acquired a new facility on Horicon Street in Mayville, known as MEC Mayville North. The factory houses the assembly, shipping, customer service and store for MEC Shotshell Reloaders and the MEC Outdoors business.
2012 - The company's contract manufacturing business continues to grow and MEC acquired Michigan-based Center Manufacturing, expanding operations to 16 facilities in five states. MEC now has over 2,000,000 square feet of manufacturing and 2,000 employee shareholders.
2013 - MEC acquired APEX Clay Traps and introduced the MEC Clay Target Machine product line. This is an exciting time for the employee shareholders at MEC as they expand the successful shooting sports business.
2016 - MEC launches Metallic Reloader line with the single stage MEC Marksman and accessories.