Our story begins in 1889
J.C. Steele, a brick manufacturer in Statesville, NC receives his first patent for brickmaking. He founds J.C. Steele & Sons and the oldest of his four sons joins the family business.
Steele introduces its first two auger machines.
The introduction of Model Number 1, the first machine designed and manufactured by Steele and forerunner of larger machines. Production continues to World War II.
Steele exports equipment to Mexican de Tubos de Albanal, S.A., in Mexico, the first customer in a global base.
Steele patents the Rotary Automatic End Cutter, which becomes the U.S. standard for its simplicity and reliability.
J.C. Steele turns the management of the business over to his sons.
The Steele family buys a small brick factory near Madison, NC. The Pine Hall Brick Company remains in the family and strengthens Steele’s ties to the brick industry.
J.C. Steele, Jr., a grandson, joins Steele as the first employee from the third generation.
Preston Steele, Jr., a grandson, joins the company.
Clarence N. Steele, a grandson, joins the company.
F. Montgomery Steele, a grandson, joins the company.
Steele sells its first machine in Australia. The 90AD Extruder becomes the Australian standard and makes Australia Steele’s largest international market.
Global sales grow significantly, driven by the new 60F Extruder and Pug Sealer.
Steele installs its first INCLA IIIB.
Three great-grandsons join the company — John Steele, Rick Steele and David Steele make the fourth generation of Steeles in management.
Steele installs its first 36-24A Hammermill.
Steele sells stiff extruders to National Recovery, for agglomeration of Bethlehem Steel by-products.
Steele launches J.C. Steele Australia in Melbourne.
Steele acquires a majority interest in Händle, a German manufacturer of premium clay working machinery.
Steele launches J.C. Steele Asia in Changzou, China.
Steele becomes a founding partner of Direxa Engineering, giving The Steele Group turnkey plant delivery.
The fifth generation of Steeles, Mac Steele and Marian Steele, join the company.
Haendle acquires ZMB Braun, adding strength to the group’s die and shaping business.