Why Moline?

The Moline Promise

Moline is committed to your success. We promise to provide industry leading innovations and first-class service for your custom baking systems. When you partner with Moline, expect only the best. Profit from our experience.

A Strong History of Innovation

From its entrepreneurial beginnings to today, Moline has been leading the industrial bakery equipment industry by innovating to serve our customers’ changing needs. Midwest work ethic and quality standards have driven our company to provide build-to-last equipment trusted the world over.

Prior to 1945

Harry Moline was a baker and entrepreneur. He ran a successful bakery supply business in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Early 1945

Harry Moline invented the hexagonal rotary donut cutter. He thought, “If you cut donuts this way, there would be no waste!”

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Late 1945

Moline Inc. is formed in Duluth, Minnesota, by Harry Moline and his brother, Roy. The original product line included tools, dies and stamping equipment for bakeries.

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1954

Harry’s son, Don Moline, joins Moline Inc.

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1955

A single site manufacturing facility is acquired in 1955 and expands in the 1960s.

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1960s-1972

Moline Inc. expands its product line to include sheeting and dough processing systems for industrial and commercial use.

Top: Moline Model 330 – Signature Donut Production Table in Mr. Donut shops and bakeries worldwide
Middle Top: Industrial high volume pastry line
Middle Bottom: Industrial high-speed flour tortilla line
Bottom: Industrial high-volume pizza crust line

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1963

Harry’s son, Don, and brother, Roy, take over management of the company when Harry suddenly passes away at 53.

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1972

Pillsbury Company acquires Moline Inc. Integration into this major corporation broadens Moline’s international presence and prompts the addition of the Industrial Frying Line, which is manufactured by Moline to this day.

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1970-1980s

Moline develops high-volume fryers and donut systems.

Left: Pillsbury/Moline industrial gas donut fryer
Right: Pillsbury/Moline industrial donut proofer

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1984

Don’s son, Gary Moline, joins Moline. Gary’s original position was as manager of the newly formed retail/in-store division of The Moline Co.

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1991

Moline family and investors purchase the company back from Pillsbury, and the company becomes privately held again. The company sells the retail division to focus on the industrial market and begins operating as Moline Machinery Ltd.

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1991

Moline expands its facility by building an additional manufacturing building on its campus.

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1990s-2000s

Moline expands into international markets with advanced technology for pre-fried donut production, high capacity sheeting lines and precision tooling.

Top: High-efficiency electric fryer installed in Reims, France, 1996
Bottom: High-capacity flat bread sheeting line

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1995

Moline purchased the industrial product line from Donut Corporation of America (DCA), increasing market share in the industrial donut equipment business.

Top: DCA Model MD-81 high-speed mini cake donut depositor
Bottom: Cake donut depositor

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1995

Moline celebrates its 50-year anniversary.

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2012

Moline opens the doors to the new, innovative Moline Technical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. This 18,800-square foot state-of-the-art facility provides a unique and confidential atmosphere for research and development.

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2015

Moline purchases the product line from Tiefenthaler Machinery, further increasing the market share in topping equipment and high-viscosity pumping. The T-Topper and RAM machines are added to the Moline equipment line in a continuing effort to provide turnkey production lines for customers.

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2017

The Moline family tradition continues in Duluth as Don Moline, age 87, continues to step foot on the Moline grounds weekly. He finds his pride and joy in walking around the campus talking to the long-time and new employees.

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Present

Moline Machinery LLC continues to engineer, manufacture and operate in Duluth and is proud to be in the fourth generation of family ownership. Company President Gary Moline and his children, David, Daniel and Lisa, all work at the company in different areas.