HISTORY OF ELLIOTT MANUFACTURING COMPANY
Elliott Manufacturing was founded in 1927 and was incorporated in September of 1929 and has been operating continuously for the last 88 years in Fresno, California. Originally, “TH” (Thomas Henry) Elliott owned and operated the Selma Fruit Company processing raisins. He was an entrepreneur, inventor and self-taught engineer of sorts. He preferred designing and manufacturing machinery more than processing.
During that era, raisins were packed in bulk wax lined corrugated boxes and the flaps sealed using a paint brush and cold glue. TH felt there must be a better way and designed a case sealer to do the job. Word spread and others wanted the new case sealer, so TH abandoned his raisin processing business and started Elliott Manufacturing, making the Type A case sealer. As his business flourished, he began exploring opportunities to expand his product. Since he was familiar with fruit processing, he moved into manufacturing food processing equipment, mostly for dried fruit. Elliott supplied numerous complete turn- key date processing plants for the Middle Eastern countries.
Over the years, Elliott Manufacturing matured into a readily recognizable company. TH recognized that as his company grew, he needed more control over manufacturing processes and added the fabrication, and job shop. He realized that by having the capability to make his own parts, he could better control the quality of the machinery he manufactured.
In 1974, the company had outgrown its original facility and expansion was necessary. A five acre parcel was located in Southwest Fresno and a new factory was constructed on the site and remains the current location.
In the 1980s Elliott began expanding its corrugated line to include case erecting, cartooning, case packing and hi speed combination machines combining all of the above. In 2016 Elliott sold its complete line of packaging equipment to Massman Automation Designs LLC. In Villard, Minnesota.
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