The nuts and bolts of MacLean-Fogg's business are nuts, bolts, and other engineered parts. In 1925 the company launched with just one product: a lock nut made for railroads. Today its MacLean Vehicle Systems unit offers an array of fasteners and components used by auto, railroad, agricultural, and construction industries. The company's operations include extruding, forging, grinding, and machining. MacLean Power Systems sells silicone rubber insulators, automatic connectors, and other hardware to electric utility and communications customers worldwide. MacLean-Fogg runs 40 plants in North America, Asia, and Europe. It is owned by president and CEO Barry MacLean, grandson of company co-founder, John MacLean, Sr.
MacLean-Fogg continues to evolve through building and acquiring product lines that supply the vehicle, industrial, and utility markets around the world. In 2011 the company purchased Hill Fastener, an Illinois manufacturer of nuts and bolts used in lawnmowers and heavy trucks. The move follows a wave of consolidations by tech-light manufacturers intended to rival low-cost producers in developing regions. Alliances have also benefited MacLean- Fogg. It manufactures the Securex two-piece nut (used on the wheels of most tractors and trailers) and teams with SKF as its sole aftermarket supplier.
Looking to speed output and improve finished quality, the MacLean-Fogg picked up Pennsylvania-based Saegertown Manufacturing and sister-business Proform Tool in 2008. The acquisitions expand MacLean-Fogg's capabilities in producing precision parts, and other hot and cold metal forged products for mainly the automotive market. The deal fell on the heels of shedding MacLean Molded Components, the company's thermoset and thermoplastic vehicle parts division, to Kurz-Kasch, Inc.
MacLean-Fogg's hundreds of patented inventions range from products to processes for constructing products, such as U-bold assembly, leakdown plungers, and suspension link assemblies for vehicle suspension systems. Others address manufacturing bolts, studs, and fuse cutouts for electrical power distribution systems. Several inventions have been re-launched in the marketplace. The company reintroduced its silicone-rubber transmission insulator product line under the brand name APEX Insulator Systems in 2010. The portfolio includes insulator assemblies, post and suspension insulators, and services for transmission applications. – less