About Us

Here you can learn more about McLaughlin Family Companies' rich history and the values it was founded upon.


Our History

From its humble beginnings in 1971 as Scranton Manufacturing, a farming equipment repair company in Scranton, Iowa, McLaughlin Family Companies has grown into one of the largest manufacturers in the United States with a total of 11 product lines. "Our responsiveness to industry trends along with our outstanding level of service and quality products has made us unique," says President and co-founder John McLaughlin. Today, McLaughlin Family Companies' excellent line of products include consumer goods, mobile vet clinics, animal transport units, and refuse trucks.

In 2016, the McLaughlin family introduced McLaughlin Family Companies to replace Scranton Mfg. as the parent company. "McLaughlin Family Companies is a leader in product manufacturing and marketing. We have a tremendous network of highly respected dealers who provide customers with the industries widest variety of products they seek," says Phil Allen, VP of Sales and Marketing. While McLaughlin Family Companies has evolved in many ways since 1971, the most important contribution to our success comes down to good, old-fashioned business principles where everyone is treated honestly and fairly. "McLaughlin Family Companies will stay true to those principles and continue to uphold our position as a manufacturing leader," says CEO Mike McLaughlin.

The Early Years

The year was 1971 when John McLaughlin along with his brother and friend began repairing farm equipment in a small Iowa town. Shortly after, the trio began manufacturing innovative products that farmers in the surrounding area needed, including the world's first mechanical hybrid seed corn detasseler. After experiencing great success in agriculture, Scranton Mfg.'s reputation for its high quality, innovative products spread across the nation. Even after the expansion, its founders continued to conduct business according to their Midwestern values: offer the best-quality product for the consumer, provide impeccable service and treat the customer with respect.

Soon after, Scranton Mfg. was on its way to becoming one of the nation's largest manufacturers of livestock handling and feeding equipment. The company diversified its product line by entering the recreational industry with the first pickup camper tag axle and then into the automotive arena with the visionary Lite Star, a motorcycle car. A farming depression in the 1980's initiated change as Scranton Mfg., purchased the New Way® product line of garbage compactors. The vision was to improve and expand the New Way® product line and build a network of dealers to reach every trade arena in the United States.

The Nationwide System

On our way to the goal of reaching every trade arena in the United States, there has been in recent years rapid growth. So much growth that in just a few years, McLaughlin Family Companies has expanded its facilities 4 times, soaring to become one of the largest family-owned trash compactor companies. It celebrated the milestone of having distributorships in all of the 50 states. Today you can even find our distributors in Canada, Puerto Rico, South America, Mexico, the Middle East and Asia.