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The origin of M-B Companies Inc. dates back to 1907. The company was formed by three German craftsmen, brothers Otto and Fred Meili and Paul Blumberg. Not surprising, they adopted the name "M-B", which is still used today. The Meili brothers were inventors and Blumberg was an expert metalworker. They started the company in a small shop in New Holstein, Wisconsin building agricultural implements.

The Meili brothers and Blumberg were inventing and building a variety of equipment from road graders to paint stripers. In fact, the firm was one of the first Ford dealerships in the State of Wisconsin. As the company evolved, its destiny as a broom and striper manufacturer became evident. M-B built its first broom (a horse drawn model) in 1922.

The Meili brothers and Blumberg sold the company in 1954 to Robert B. Evans, former Chairman of the Board of American Motors. Twenty years later, M-B was purchased by Terrence J. Cosgrove, who brought an engineering and marketing background to the company. Mr. Cosgrove still retains ownership. 

M-B has enjoyed steady growth, including the construction in 1974 of an additional facility in Chilton, Wisconsin. In 2003, M-B acquired the Pro Chip family of wood and brush chippers. In 2004, M-B acquired the Lafarge Road Marking Equipment Division, located in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. In 2006, M-B acquired TMT Pathway, the striper equipment division of Jackson Products, located in Salem, Oregon. In 2011, M-B released five (5) new products in the Airport Snow Removal Equipment market. M-B continues to focus on key niche markets and providing equipment to meet the needs of independent contractors, governmental agencies, and other road, turf and airport maintenance organizations around the world.

 Currently, M-B operates out of 5 divisional locations. The Airport Snow Removal Products division is located at 1200 Park Street, Chilton, Wisconsin. The Pavement Marking division is located at 79 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, Pennsylvania and 2490 Ewald Avenue SE, Salem, Oregon. The corporate office, Attachment Division, and MSV Division are located at 1615 Wisconsin Avenue, New Holstein, Wisconsin. The replacement Brushes Division is located at 1217 E. Chestnut Street, Chilton, Wisconsin. 

M-B will continue to grow and provide the products and services its customers demand. The company is dedicated to being the leader in performance, reliability and customer service, as it has since 1907.

Highway Grader 1941
1941 M-B under body scraper mounted to most highway graders on the market.

1941

Circa 50's-70's
Circa 50's-70's Master 10 Price range was $12-20,000 Unit had 2-60 gal. tanks 2 Guns on carriage & 1 outrigger.

50s-70s

Circa 1952
"The Pack King" side loading garbage truck body found duty in all parts of the United States.

1952

Circa 1957
M-B Grader mounted on a IHC tractor with extended frame showing off its stuff, shown without the optional front brush attachment.

1957

Circa 1959
M-B "Cruisers" were the first fully hydraulic street sweepers available in the world.

1959

Circa 1960
1959 M-B Side Sweeper, even our old timers don't remember much about this one.

1960

Model 6-28 Line Striper
The Model 6-28 Line Striper was designed for county & city work. Manufactured in the early 60's with a single driver/operator capable of applying two solid or skip lines. 18 Gal. paint tank, 10 H.P. motor with drive to both rear wheels.

model-6-28

Circa 1965
Loader Pickup Circa 1965 with single gutter broom in New Holstein, Wisconsin.

 

1965

Runway Broom
Early 7 ft. runway broom with 30 gal. water sprinkler system.

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