August 6, 2008 - by Solid Waste Magazine

HALLCO Industries Inc. formerly HALLCO Manufacturing

Mike Almond of Australia has purchased controlling interest in the newly formed company of HALLCO Industries Inc. The innovator of the Live Floor conveyor system Olof Hallstrom and his wife Mary have sold their interests in HALLCO.

It all started over 30 years ago when Olof Hallstrom came up with the revolutionary idea of the hydraulic powered Live Floor conveyor system. He then patented this Live Floor technology and the rest is history. He has grown HALLCO Manufacturing Co. over the years to include facilities in North Carolina and Texas as well as two facilities in Tillamook, Oregon. Now after 30 years the time has come to pass the hat to another generation.

Mike Almond owns a transport company B Mountain Industries, located in Newcastle on the East Coast of Australia. Mountain Industries has been involved in trucking and rail operations since 1980. Mountain Industries has 150 employees and runs in excess of 100 subcontract owner/drivers in the trucking fleet. The company also owns a number of grain storage and fertilizer distribution sites in the Australian grain belt. Mike has represented the Hallco product in Australia and SE Asia since 1987 when he first visited Tillamook, Oregon and met the Hallstrom family.

There have been some changes in the company structure as well. Steve Hallstrom will be serving as President of HALLCO Industries Inc., and Dan Hallstrom as V.P. of Manufacturing. Jack McClave has returned as Chief Financial Officer and Charles Russell has accepted the position as V.P. Sales/Marketing heading up the sales team located in the USA.

Mike Almonds future plans for HALLCO Industries in conjunction with the Hallstrom family who retain a significant shareholding in the new venture is to develop and grow from its base in Tillamook. There is to be no change in operations in Tillamook other than plans to make the company larger and stronger. AWe have the best product in the market thanks to the efforts of Ole. We now need to focus our efforts to take it to the world.

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