Mellott Company acquires rock crusher repair specialist

By |  December 28, 2017

Marion Machine will continue to provide machining services as it has for the past 83 years. Photo courtesy of Mellott Company.

Mellott Company purchased the Marion Machine assets in Marion, North Carolina, from Superior Machine Co.

The company, which specializes in rock crusher repair, will now be known as Marion Machine LLC.

“Marion Machine LLC will operate independently, sharing its North Carolina campus with Mellott Company’s Southern Service Center, which will house parts, equipment and service capabilities to better serve our customers in the Southeast,” says Rich Blake, president and CEO of Mellott Company.

According to Mellott Company, Joe McNeill founded Marion Machine as a machine shop in 1934, supporting the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Marion Machine’s initial focus was on repairing the steam shovels and carts that transported blasted rock and dirt for the new roadway.

Later, the company transitioned into a repair service center dedicated to the special needs of the aggregate, mining and power industries.
The facility handles large rock crushers, including the Nordberg 7-ft. Symons and the 5474 Metso Superior gyratory, according to Mellott Company.

Marion Machine’s 10-acre facility operates 20 hours a day, 350 days per year. Marion’s skilled workers have rebuilt more than 2,000 rock crushers of just about all makes and models for customers around the world, according to Mellott Company. Marion Machine will continue to operate as an authorized repair facility for many well-known brands of crusher manufacturers.

“Marion’s people make the difference,” Blake says. “With their dedication to customers and decades of experience, Marion Machine complements Mellott Company perfectly. We always want to offer our customers the best service options, and this acquisition will meet those needs. It provides huge potential for future growth.”

Adds Paul Mellott Jr., chairman of Mellott Company: “We are pleased to welcome Marion Machine’s valued team, led by director Joe McNeill, grandson of the founder. Meeting the team and seeing firsthand their expertise brings me great pride in welcoming them to our family.”

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