Company History

History of Douglas Washing & Sanitizing Systems


Our story began in 1979, when company founder, Douglas Miller, an entrepreneur 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 the leader 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 our years of excellence!

Company Timeline


Early cabinet washer sold by Douglas Machines Corp. President Dave Ward and Sales Engineer Suzanne Whitehurst, to a customer, with company founder Douglas Miller. The very first Douglas washer was built in the garage of Doug Miller’s sister in Dunedin, Florida.


Sunnydale Boulevard, home to the headquarters for Douglas Machines Corp. from 1979 – 1992.


Our heritage runs deep in the baking industry. Here’s a print advertisement in Baking Industry Magazine, showcasing the 1036 rack, pan, and utensil washer.


One of the earlier Douglas Machines Corp. pieces of equipment – the Amada Pega Punch machine.


Douglas Machines Corp. sales team gearing up for one of our many trade shows.


Engineer John Jurski working on one of our earlier model tunnel washers.


Douglas Machines Corp. moved to a new 68,000 square foot facility that tripled manufacturing, assembly, testing and shipping areas.


Today, Douglas Machines Corp. works with customers in 9 key industry sectors, as well as several others, solving their washing and sanitizing issues.


From humble beginnings Douglas Machines Corp. has grown to provide customers with a full line of automated washing and sanitizing equipment that includes over 80 standard models, customized solutions and superior customer service.


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(800) 331-6870 Toll Free


Corporate Office

4500 110th Ave N
Clearwater, FL 33762

Business Hours

Monday -Friday                8:00am – 4:30pm

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