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VAC-U-MAX celebrates 65 years in business


November 12, 2019  


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Founded in 1954 by Frank Pendleton, VAC-U-MAX announced it is celebrating 65 years in business.

VAC-U-MAX designed the world’s first industrial vacuum cleaner operating on compressed-air for high volume recovery of combustible and flammable materials. Additionally, VAC-U-MAX was the first to introduce vacuum-generated venturi power units with patented noise suppression for vacuum conveying over 10,000 various powders and granular bulk materials.

Today, pneumatic conveying is the most commercially accepted way of moving dry powder particulate to processing and packaging lines.

This year also marks the 50th work year anniversary for Steve Pendleton who served various positions within the organization from 1969 to present, including serving as President of VAC-U-MAX. During his 50-year tenure, Pendleton led the company’s vision, transformation, and growth following family tradition and entrepreneurial spirit.

“Fifty years ago, I filled an open sales position offered to me by my father Frank, selling compressed-air powered vacuum cleaners from the trunk of my car,” said Pendleton. “The past 50 years have been the best memories of my life, with a fantastic team of dedicated and loyal employees along the way. Thank you for celebrating this work anniversary with me, but with this announcement, I am also letting you know that I resign as President and introduce to you our new President, Doan Pendleton.”

At the meeting VAC-U-MAX announced the appointment of Doan Pendleton as President, assuming the new role effective November 1. Doan will continue to create, communicate and implement VAC-U-MAX’s vision, mission and overall direction within the companies’ philosophies, expectations, and guidelines. Doan brings forward decades of experience and proven track records of customer-centric visions. Steve Pendleton will continue as Chairman of the Board.

“I am both humbled and honoured for this opportunity to serve as President,” said Doan Pendleton. “My father was the first to see the true potential of VAC-U-MAX and is responsible for growing VAC-U-MAX to where it is today. I cannot thank him enough for his vision, leadership, perseverance and contributions. He is the true pioneer and visionary and will continue as Chairman of the Board,” said Pendleton.