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100-YEAR HISTORY

FOUNDING
Fathers

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Eleven companies come together
to launch an association focused
on strengthening the industry
through relationships.

George Dean

by Nico Roesler

rom the manufacturer of the first bread
slicer to the inventor of the first automated donut machine, the first members of BEMA have shaped the industry and
its history.
In September 1918, George Dean, president and general manager of Union Steel
Products, organized the association under
the name Bakery Equipment Manufacturers
Association. The 10 other companies included American Bakers Machinery Co.;
Champion Machinery Machinery Co.; Haller
Oven Co.; Read Machinery Co., Inc.; MicroWestco Inc.; Peerless Bread Machinery
Corp.; The J.H. Day Co.; the Doughnut Corp.
of America; Hobart Manufacturing Co., and
Union Machinery Co.
Some of the founding companies have
gone out of business, changed names or
merged with other manufacturers during the
past century, but they each had a lasting impact on the industry and BEMA.
Mr. Dean, who served as president in
BEMA's early years, once wrote, "The organi]DWLRQZDVQRWIRUPHGIURPVHO¿VKPRWLYHVEXW
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Baker, he started the association about the
same time the US got involved in World War
I, out of concern that baking companies might
not be able to get the equipment needed to
maintain their plants during the war.
"By meeting together at that time, we discovered that we had many things in common," Mr. Dean said during a 1921 address
to the Ohio Bakers' Association. "And, like
yourselves, we found that all were working
toward one end: the building of better products, the improvement of machinery, the
adoption of new methods and the developing
of new ideas. We learned as you have that
our competitor did not wear horns and that
he was a human being like ourselves."
He continued, "None of us can live without

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Letters from BEMA
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BEMA's 100th Anniversary Celebration
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Founding Fathers
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Family Ties
Recognizing Individual Honors
The Future is Now
Matchmaker, Matchmaker
In the Face of Consolidation
Modern Membership
A Forum for All
Leaving a Legacy
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