01 jan 13
John McLemore continues the legacy
John McLemore now is the sole owner, President and CEO of Masterbuilt Manufacturing. He tours the United States spreading the Masterbuilt message to; “experience the goodness” while bringing families and friends together with Masterbuilt’s Professional Products.
01 aug 12
Masterbuilt Family Core Values
Masterbuilt adopted its 5 family core values that helps drive its employee’s everyday to reach all goals set for them individually and as a family company.
30 jun 12
And then there was one, Goodbye to a great leader!
Masterbuilt’s Vice President and COO, Don McLemore chose to retire to spend time with his wife, Lynne as they continue to raise their 3 boys Blake, Brett and Trevor.
29 dec 11
Masterbuilt lost a sweet angel
The McLemore and Masterbuilt family lost our sweet MeMaw. Known to most as “Boots” and to her grand-children as “MeMaw”, the McLemore family laid rest to the reason there is even a Masterbuilt. Evelyn “Boots” McLemore was the strength and pulse of Masterbuilt and kept the McLemore family together through the tough times. MeMaw is the reason the McLemore boys had the motivation and passion to build products that cooked great food and brought family and friends together. Her kitchen is where it started and Masterbuilt’s kitchen is dedicated to her, known as “Memaw’s Kitchen”. Throughout her adventurous life, MeMaw never showed anything but the love for her Lord and the life she was given. MeMaw looks down on us and helps guide us every day, we love you MeMaw.
18 mar 10
Dadgum, That’s Good!
Over the years it became common to express, or motto, the Masterbuilt goodness by saying, “Dadgum, That’s Good!” John, in 2010 came out with his first cookbook that shares his experiences and signature recipes with everyone!
01 feb 09
Masterbuilt became 3 generations when John’s son, J-Mac, started working in the warehouse of Masterbuilt when he was 16 years old.
01 feb 08
The Butterball Partnership
Masterbuilt proudly and humbly accepted a partnership with Butterball that continues to grow today. With this partnership came the Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer model.
11 may 07
Overcoming ashes with faith and perseverance
Masterbuilt moved to the new and current location at Masterbuilt Court, Columbus, Ga. With the 1991 fire in our memories as motivation, we continue to take advantage of being able to grow our facilities.
21 jan 05
The Electric Smoker
Masterbuilt introduced the Electric Smoker to the market.
01 apr 03
The Electric Turkey Fryer
John made Masterbuilt’s first appearance on QVC at the same time announcing the world’s first Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer. Six and a half minutes later the new Turkey Fryer sold out and was number one in the show!
23 jan 01
An invention of a lifetime!
As the brothers did back in Thanksgiving of 1982, almost twenty years later, they invented the world’s first Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer.
01 jan 98
And then there were two
In 1998, Dawson fully retired and let his two sons, John, as President/CEO and Don, as Vice President/COO, fully take the company from him as 50/50 partners.
01 jan 94
The 7-in-1 Smoker
In 1994, Masterbuilt took grilling, frying, and smoking to the next level. The McLemore brother’s expertise gave birth to the 7-in-1 Smoker. It features frying, steaming, boiling, gas grilling, gas smoking, charcoal grilling, and charcoal smoking all into one versatile product and is still a hot seller today.
01 jan 93
On the road to recovery
By 1993, Masterbuilt and the boys were on the road to recovery. Masterbuilt ended 1993 with record sales, a truly remarkable story that only possible through faith.
01 mar 91
Tragedy strikes the hearts of the McLemore’s
On March 1, and October 4th, 1991, tragedy struck the McLemore family as Masterbuilt’s building caught fire and burned to the ground. To this day, it is the single worst day in Masterbuilt history but through adversity, we became stronger.
12 jun 90
THE HITCH-HAUL INVENTION
In 1990, the invention of the Hitch-Haul was a major breakthrough at the time and still to this day it is a hit on the market.
01 jan 90
John McLemore becomes President
At 25 years young, John eagerly accepted the challenge and became Masterbuilt’s new President/CEO with his brother’s support, Don backed him up one hundred percent while becoming the Vice President/COO at the same time.
30 dec 84
Semi-retirement for the ole’ man
Dawson quickly learned that his boys had the fever, the fever of Masterbuilt. Dawson found himself able to semi-retire in 1984 while tag teaming it with his boys.
20 may 83
The University of Masterbuilt
By 1983 John managed to squeak by high school, him and Don wanted the University of Masterbuilt.This was what they wanted to do and saw the bigger picture, a family-owned university that allowed them to create products to help everyone cook the great food they all loved so much and wanted to share.
19 feb 82
DEEP FRYING A TURKEY!?
Dawson made a promise to God that year, “Lord, if you’ll help me, I’ll make you a business partner and rename this business after you.” M&M Welding changed too. Masterbuilt and Dawson invited God into the company as his new partner. This reflected his belief that as a company, we needed the support of our “Master” God, combined with the fact that we “built” products. God became the new CEO of Masterbuilt. For Thanksgiving that year John “deep fried,” not baked, the first turkey in a Propane Turkey Fryer. The family motto, “Dadgum, That’s Good” was adopted because of the great taste.
01 jan 78
A new name, a new CEO.
01 jan 76
A Full time Quest for the best!
Dawson finally was able to quit his job from Goodyear and focus full time on M&M Welding with his boys as sales continued to grow.
01 jan 73
Dawson McLemore’s vision
It all started when Dawson McLemore was given an idea, a fern stand. At 34 years old and his boys Don (11) and John (8) at the time, Dawson knew that building with his hands had a lot of promise.
We live out those priorities each day, as the work comes in line behind the most important things in our lives.
We’re not just a team, we’re a family. And we’re not just a family, we’re a FUN family!
We work tirelessly to make our products better and bring new products to market.
Our customer service team has one simple goal: world-class customer service.
We believe in sharing the goodness every day: good times, good food, good people.