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Moline Machinery LLC

invaluable to him. "My engineering background is
the best background for what we do," Moline says. "It
commands respect."
Moline's father had a financial background, but he
left a lasting impression on his son. "My dad really
impressed upon me the importance of relationships,"
Moline says. "He used to say, 'Nothing happens until
somebody sells something.'"
The fourth generation of the family joined the company when Moline's three children decided to work for
the business. The trio work in different capacities and
likely will form the leadership when Moline retires,
he says. His son, David, works in sales and marketing,
while his other son, Dan, is a mechanical engineer. Moline's daughter, Lisa, is an accountant for the company.
"All my children had other jobs," Moline says. "They
are very interested in keeping this thing going. We're
well-positioned to get into the fourth generation."

Staying Competitive

Midwest

frying platforms, as well as walk-in coolers and freezers for product storage.
Customers can send in ingredients and their own
equipment to perform product evaluation, formulation and equipment process testing. Once testing is
completed, a written report is sent to the customer
documenting the process and results. "It becomes a
real partnership at that point," Moline says.

The Future
Moline has no plans for major expansion or adding facilities, but says his children might choose to take the company in a different direction. "For now, our growth will
be organic, internal development," he says. The company
would consider an "acquisition that fit," he adds.
Moline Machinery also looks to area trade schools for
electricians and other skilled tradespeople, as well as the
University of Minnesota Duluth for engineers. "We have
a great business," Moline says. "Duluth is a good community with good access to labor." mt

The industrial baking equipment market is a niche
industry, but Moline Machinery faces significant
competition, including several well-established European-based companies, Moline says. "European
companies from the very beginning have been export-minded," he says.
Moline Machinery remains competitive by maintaining good relationships with long-time customers.
"We try to add value and take care of our customers,"
he says. In addition to its North American clients, Moline Machinery has customers in Spain, France, The
Netherlands and England.
The company makes a variety of equipment including raised doughnut production systems and sheeting
lines for various types of dough, as well as production
lines for cookies, bread, biscuits, bagels, tortillas and
flatbread. Clients' demands for different types of machinery change as the market shifts. "The food industry is incredibly trendy," Moline says.
Moline Machinery's services are not limited to the
design and manufacture of baking equipment. The
company maintains an 18,000-square-foot testing facility that features automation technology, which is
fully integrated into the facility for complete analysis
of all tests.
In addition to full production-scale sheeting, laminating, bread and sweet goods systems, the facility
also provides multiple mixing, proofing, baking and
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