Our Background
Mainca USA Incorporated is a privately held corporation founded in 2001 by Dale and Patti Schmidt. The Schmidt Family has been involved with the meat and food processing industry for over 60 years. It began in 1942 when Roy Elias Schmidt, along with his partner Leo Welsh, opened The Schmidt-Welsh Equipment Company to rebuild and service meat and food processing equipment and weight scales in the St. Louis area. Roy's previous experience working for several of the industry's leading manufactures of meat processing equipment had prepared him with invaluable experience in both service and sales. Within a few years Roy bought out his partner and was joined by his wife Loretta. The company name was changed to Roy E. Schmidt Sales & Service Co.
In 1953 Roy's son Arthur joined the company after a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Art oversaw the company's move to larger facilities at 2022 Gravois Avenue in 1963, and incorporation in 1969. Under Art's leadership the company doubled in size and business.
Art was joined by his son Dale in 1981 after Dale's graduation from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Dale soon took over the sales department adding three additional sales associates and expanding the company's leadership in the digital electronic scale market. The company continued to grow and add new lines of equipment throught the 1980's. Dale was named President of the corporation in 1997 and guided the company's growth to a staff of thirteen and gross sales in excess of $2,000,000.00 annually. In 2001 the company moved again into a newly renovated 13,000 square foot facility, and the corporation was renamed " Schmidt Equipment & Supply Inc." The company has expanded to cover a 150 mile radius of the city of St. Louis and continues to provide quality equipment, supplies and exceptional service.
In the year 2000 Dale was approached by the marketing division of Mainca Equipamientos Carnicos S.L. of Barcelona SPAIN. Mainca was interested in expanding their North American sales base. Since Mainca had done business previously with the Schmidt family, it was a natural and obvious fit. In 2001 plans were drawn up to form Mainca USA Incorporated as an independent national importer and distributor of the entire Mainca line with Dale Schmidt as President. Under Dale's guidance Mainca USA has appointed over eighty quality distributors of Meat & Food Processing Equipment throughout the United States and Canada giving Mainca USA one of the widest service networks of any major North American Supplier. Our solid backround and continued commitment to quality and service point to an even brighter future . . .
Roy, Loretta & Art ca.1955