Mallard Manufacturing has been sold to Maclean-Fogg

Mallard Manufacturing

Headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, Mallard Manufacturing is a premier manufacturer of engineered gravity flow storage solutions sold through leading material handling distributors, integrators and product manufacturers that serve end users across diverse end markets. Gravity flow is a dynamic storage system solution that relies on gravity to load, organize and retrieve stored pallets and cartons for an array of applications in distribution centers, warehouses and manufacturing facilities. The company’s comprehensive product offering includes custom pallet flow and carton flow solutions and accessories tailored to each customer’s unique needs and specifications. These solutions are critical for optimizing space, boosting labor productivity, reducing equipment cost and improving employee safety. Mallard employs approximately 230 people and operates manufacturing facilities in Sterling, Illinois and Maquoketa, Iowa. For more information, please visit

The Deal

Under its leadership, Mallard enhanced its product offering with engineered accessories, opened an innovation center to support its product development efforts, pioneered an interactive product testing lab and cemented itself as a thought leader in the gravity flow industry. To support its continued growth and innovation, Mallard sought a strategic partner for the next phase of its development. Mallard turned to Lincoln International to execute a competitive and successful process given Lincoln’s expertise in the material handling and automation industries and strong relationships with top strategic and financial acquirers in the space. Mallard will operate as a distinct platform within the MacLean-Fogg organization.

Our Perspective

Adam Hunia, Lincoln International Managing Director who led the transaction, commented, “The material handling and automation markets continue to generate strong investor interest given significant industry tailwinds resulting from the ongoing shift toward e-commerce and accompanying demand for inventory management solutions. We are excited about the outcome and expect the partnership to allow Mallard to sustain its current momentum and continue on its upward trajectory.”

MacLean-Fogg Company

Founded in 1925, MacLean-Fogg is a family-owned, world-wide enterprise comprised of MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions (MFCS), and its four primary business groups: fastener solutions, engineered solutions, plastic solutions and additive solutions. MacLean-Fogg is a leading manufacturer for automotive, heavy truck and other diverse industries. For more information, please visit

Connect with a Senior Team Member
Lincoln ran a thoughtful, tailored process. Lincoln's sector knowledge, relationships with acquirers, disciplined process management and commitment to success enabled us to achieve a great outcome. We see tremendous potential in joining forces with MacLean-Fogg and believe our partnership will enable us to continue growing the business and serving our customers with innovative, high-quality solutions in the coming years.
Kevin Risch
President at Mallard Manufacturing

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