An Adaptable Businessman
In 1920, Herman Benjamin Mellott (H.B.) started a lumber company with a World War I army surplus "Liberty" truck. In the late 1930s, construction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike fueled demand for aggregates, and H.B. saw an opportunity to enter the quarry business. When World War II lowered demand for aggregates, H.B. again adapted to the changing times and used his equipment to process coal. Within a few years, he employed over 200 people at several coal operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 1948, H.B. placed his son, Herman Jr., in charge.
Tragedy and Perseverance
Later that year a small plane carrying H.B., Herman Jr., and two others crashed, killing all aboard. Operations were taken over by H.B.'s widow, Amy, and his twenty-one year old son, Paul. Amy and Paul faced enormous challenges, as the coal industry was entering a period of low demand and low prices. To pay estate taxes, the coal-related properties and equipment were sold and all efforts focused on the quarry business. To this end, H.B. Mellott Estate, Inc. (HBME) was incorporated in 1952 with Paul Mellott in charge.
Growth and Success in Aggregates
In 1954, Paul Mellott continued his father's success through adaptability when he opened a ready-mix concrete operation in Warfordsburg, PA. The following year he opened a silica sand deposit which complemented the existing quarry and concrete operations. Paul's brother Forrest joined HBME in the summer of 1958, and business boomed with the beginning of construction of the new interstate highway system. Throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Paul and Forrest added numerous quarries to the operation.
The Emergence of Portable Crushing Plants
The third generation of Mellotts came onboard when Paul's oldest son Paul, Jr. joined the Company in 1974. His other sons, Herman and Brian, started full-time the following year. The three sons were exposed to all facets of the Company and became deeply involved in the newest business: custom portable contract crushing operations.
In 1975 Mellott began to crush for customers in quarries with their first new portable crushing plant. By 1977, there were four portable plants in operation. Over the years, the business has grown to include many more plants operating in the field.
Product and Service Expansion
Mellott Enterprises, Inc. (MEI) began in the summer of 1991 and has served the aggregates and slag industries as a dedicated and committed supplier of crushing, screening and washing equipment and service.
Who We Are Today
HBME and MEI merged in 2008. Today, we are Mellott Company expanding even further to support our customers in the aggregate, slag, construction, and power industries.
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