Our History Spans More Than 80 Years…
Excel Brass & Machine was established in 1929 and originally located in central Pekin, Illinois. The small company specialized in manufacturing small brass bushings and fittings. In the 60’s, the company was purchased by the Pieschke Family of Michigan, They sent their new son-in-law, Merrill Parsons, and his very young family to Pekin to manage the company. In the early 70’s, Mr. Parsons purchased the company along with 200 acres southwest of Pekin where he established the present location on Wagonseller Road. He also changed the company name to Excel Foundry & Machine as he focused on the production of bronze wear parts for the active mining industry in the region. During the 70’s, mining companies in the Midwest were desperate to keep their draglines and stripping shovels running but had difficulty securing replacement parts from the original equipment manufacturers. From this experience, Excel forged the business model that still exists today.
“Provide high quality, Excel-Branded aftermarket parts and unequalled service to the end-users of mission critical heavy equipment.”
Excel has earned a reputation for producing high quality replacement parts, integrity in conducting business and reliability to meet even the shortest deadlines. At one time, Excel even utilized its own airplane and Mr. Parsons regularly flew replacement parts directly to mine sites in emergency breakdown situations. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Excel continued to grow and prosper, manufacturing replacement parts for mining operations around the world. Soon, aggregate producers began coming to Excel looking for alternatives to the OEM bronze bushings used in their rock crushing equipment. Excel developed its own line of replacement parts for rock crushers, quickly gaining acceptance as a viable substitute for OEM parts.
Continual investments were made in machine tools and in 1993 a state-of-the-art foundry operation was constructed utilizing 11 modern electric induction melting furnaces. In 1999, the company was sold to Merrill’s sons, Doug and Rick, who became equal partners and took an even more aggressive approach to growth and expansion. As a natural extension to providing parts, Excel also expanded its offering through repair and rebuild services for crushing equipment. In 2004, Doug and Rick launched a new vision . . . to become a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of cone crushers with Excel’s own equipment line called the “Raptor Cone Crusher.” This aggressive new vision required the focus of a new team under a separate corporation, Excel Crusher Technologies (ECT). A new facility designed specifically for manufacturing and assembling crushers was erected that same year.
Excel is a global, full-line crusher replacement parts company providing steel, iron and bronze wear parts, pumps, belts, filters, hydraulic cylinders and nearly any part needed to operate crushing equipment. During this time, Excel also expanded our replacement parts offering to large-scale open-pit mining equipment. EFM made bushings and pins for hydraulic excavators, electric rope shovels and draglines, but now offers undercarriage components for many models of shovels.
Since 1999, annual orders have climbed from $10 million to over $100 million and EFM now has over 300 employees in the operation. Excel has successfully positioned itself as the “Replacement Parts SuperStore” to the mineral processing and aggregate industries. We are a resource known around the globe for our product expertise, engineering know-how and excellence in customer support.
In late 2006, the Parsons brothers sold both companies to FLSmidth Minerals, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. FLSmidth Minerals is a subsidiary of FLSmidth, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. FLSmidth Minerals had identified two much-needed components in their offering to the global mineral processing market, a high-performance cone crusher and a manufacturing facility for original and replacement parts. The acquisition of EFM and ECT were perfect fits to these critical needs. Both Doug and Rick have continued managing the operations at Excel and are now able to capitalize on FLSmidth’s global footprint to provide even more explosive growth.