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Moline Machinery LLC
www.moline.com / HQ: Duluth, Minn. / Employees: 85 / Specialty: Industrial baking equipment /
Gary Moline, president: "My engineering background is the best background for what we do."

Midwest

On the Rise

moline machinery llc is a leading company
in the industrial baking equipment market. by bob rakow

moline manufacturing
got its start 70 years ago
manufacturing equipment
used to make doughnuts.

When you bite into a tasty doughnut, you're not likely to think about
how the breakfast treat was made. But
designing and manufacturing industrial bakery equipment have been Moline Manufacturing LLC's sweet spot
for the past 70 years.
The Duluth, Minn.-based operation makes a wide range of equipment
used by customers throughout the
industrial baking industry. It counts
General Mills, Pepperidge Farm,
Nestlé, Aryzta, Dunkin' Donuts and
Tim Hortons among its clients.
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The Signature Product
The fourth-generation company
was started in 1945 by Harry Moline,
who began his career as a baker. "He
turned his skills to equipment manufacturing," President Gary Moline
says of his grandfather.
Those skills led Moline to invent the scrapless hexagonal rotary
doughnut cutter, which became the
company's signature product.
The machine is used for cutting
yeast-raised doughnuts. The cutter
delivers the maximum food product

from a sheet of dough while minimizing the amount of scrap dough,
Moline says. Today, the hexagon is
featured in the company's logo.
Rotary cutters offer an economical way for producers to add highspeed automated dough cutting to
their manufacturing capabilities,
and allow them to make products
with uniformity of shape, size and
weight, Moline explains.
Over time, Moline Machinery expanded its product line into sheeting and dough-processing systems
for industrial and commercial. In
1972, it was acquired by the Pillsbury
Company, which moved its manufacturing operations to the Moline
manufacturing facility. Integration
with Pillsbury broadened Moline's
international presence and added
the industrial frying line, which continues to be manufactured by the
company, Moline says.
In 1991, Moline Machinery bought
the company from Pillsbury and
once again became a privately held
operation. Four years later, Moline
Machinery also purchased the industrial product line from Donut
Corp. of America, increasing marketshare in the industrial doughnut
equipment business.
Moline's father, Don, served as a
general manager when Moline Machinery was owned by Pillsbury and
led the company after the relationship between the companies ended. Moline took over as president
in 1995, 11 years after he joined the
company. He says his background
as a mechanical engineer has been


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