History of Douglas Washing & Sanitizing Systems
Our story began in 1979, when company founder, Douglas Miller, an entrepreneur by nature, moved from England to Clearwater, Florida. Through a desire to go into business for himself, he realized a need to supply pan and rack washers to the Bakery and Supermarket sectors.
As markets evolved, so has Douglas Machines Corp. There’s been an increased demand for our products, especially after FSMA was enacted. We initially built a strong reputation in the baking industry and fortunately, through hard work, taking a customer-centric approach and delivering quality products, expanded to other market sectors such as food processing, pet food, snacks, nutraceuticals, beverages and more.
Our product scope really parallels our growth. Adapting a high level of innovation to solve customer problems has always been paramount, which leads to changes. Our initial lineup consisted of only 3-4 models in one sector. We now offer over 80 models in a robust product line of automated washing and sanitizing equipment that services 9-10 sectors. It’s a matter of adapting, being flexible, listening and understanding each sector’s nuances. As a result, customers view us as a resource in solving their cleaning challenges.
Douglas Machines Corp. is excited about the future and the industries we serve. Everything is driven by curiosity. We’ll keep asking questions and listening, leveraging that information to combine reliable technology with thorough knowledge in building more intuitive products.
Our goal is to partner with customers to bring solutions to market addressing emerging needs and trends such as automation due to labor shortages, aging capacity requiring new technology updates, along with a stronger emphasis on food safety processes, regulation and reporting. The emphasis is on improved performance and quality, so customers benefit from our knowledge, while profiting from our experience.
Take a look back by scrolling through our timeline in celebration of 40 years of excellence!