1973: 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.
1976: 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.
1978: A new name, a new CEO.
1982: 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 to
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
1983: 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.
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.1984: Semi-retirement for the ole’ man
1990: 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.
Also in 1990: 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.
1991: 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.
1993: 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.
1994: 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.
1998: And 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.
2001: 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.
2003: 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!
2005: The Electric Smoker
Masterbuilt introduced the Electric Smoker to the market.
2007: 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.
2008: The Butterball Partnership
In 2008, 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.
2009: 3 Generations.
Masterbuilt became 3 generations when John’s son, J-Mac, started working in the warehouse of Masterbuilt when he was 16 years old.
2010: 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!
2011: Masterbuilt lost a sweet angel
On December 29th, 2011, 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.
2012: And there was one, Goodbye to a great leader!
On June 30th, 2012, 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.
2012: Masterbuilt Family Core Values
Masterbuilt adopted its 10 family core values that helps drive its employee’s everyday to reach all goals set for them individually and as a family company.
Present: 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.
Future: Bringing families and friends together.
Masterbuilt continues to spread the message to experience the goodness with family and friends and strives to build quality industry leading products.