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INDUSTRY TODAY 107
MASON MANUFACTURING • PROFILE
ASON MANUFACTURING BOASTSA FULL-
blooded heritage that began back in the late
1940s. “Heritage” is an appropriate descriptor,
as the business is a family owned enterprise
that has endured through good times and bad.
From the post-World War II boom years to the recent global eco-
nomic turmoil, the Decatur, Ill.-based company attained and
then maintained a leadership position in the processing equip-
ment industry.
Today, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
(ASME)-certified Mason is known for its high-quality heat
exchanges, pressure vessels and columns, among other products.
Its equipment meets the needs of many customers in many
industries. “We run the gamut, covering a broad territory that
includes the bioplastics, biofuels, grain processing, petroleum,
power and water treatment industries,” says Ty Mason, the com-
pany’s vice president.
But, as the company indicates, it’s more than just about sell-
ing equipment. From initial concept to startup, Mason works
with its customers’ engineering, procuring and inspection per-
sonnel to foster the perfect supplier/client fit. In this way, the
company became a valued vendor to some of North America’s
largest manufacturing and processing companies.
SOUND INVESTMENT
Such value often attracts interest beyond potential customers
and, indeed, Mason recently captured the attention of Advantage
Capital Partners, a leading business investment firm with offices
and partners in Chicago, New Orleans and St. Louis. While its
assets are far flung, Advantage focuses on providing growth cap-
ital and other investments that support local and state economic
development efforts. Mason fell within the criteria but, more
importantly, Advantage was quite impressed with the company’s
sound management and growth potential.
Thus, in July 2010, Advantage took the lead-investor position
in an arrangement that will provide Mason with funds that will
stimulate continued company growth. Specifically, the invest-
ment will help sustain Mason as well as enable it to expand its
offerings to new customers throughout the world, according to
Jad Mason, Ty’s brother and company chief executive officer.
According to both companies, the investment is part of a new
state program in Illinois designed to steer private investor dol-
lars into underserved areas. The state initiative (the Illinois New
Markets Development Program) combines with the federal New
Markets Tax Credit program to offer tax breaks to investment
MASON MANUFACTURING LLC IS
THE HEAT EXCHANGER AND ASME
PRESSURE VESSEL EXPERT. IN BUSI-
NESS FOR 61 YEARS, THE FAMILY
OPERATED ENTERPRISE REPRESENTS
THE AUTHORITATIVE INDUSTRY
VOICE. A RECENT MULTI-MILLION
DOLLAR INVESTMENT WILL ONLY
SOLIDIFY THIS REPUTATION, DAN
HARVEY BELIEVES.