History

Our commitment to industry-leading innovation began more than 50 years ago and has evolved into a world-class organization that meets the needs and demands of today’s and tomorrow’s poultry hatcheries worldwide.

Company Timeline

1948 – Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, as a leader in developing large capacity “mammoth” incubators. The company’s sales grew worldwide through the efforts of its international sales distributor, E. Holzer Incorporated, owned by Erich Holzer.

1974 – Mr. Holzer purchased ChickMaster.

1976 – Headquarters were relocated to its present factory in Medina, Ohio. The company grew in volume and in geography with strong sales of its Classic incubation systems worldwide.

1998 – Expansion of product lines and presence to the European market. Under its second generation of management, Robert Holzer purchased Buckeye Incubator Company based in England and La Nationale in France. The unified company expanded its product lines in both multi and single stage incubators. Increased sales created the need for a larger and more modern facility.

2001 – ChickMaster UK moved into its current home in Bridgwater, England. This is the current center for European sales and service. ChickMaster acquired the rights to manufacture Cumberland incubators that later resulted in the establishment of the Smith line of systems. Smith systems were compatible with equipment offered by other incubator companies since Cumberland manufactured these systems under license before becoming independent. Today the Avida S line is the next generation of Smith systems.

2004 – Recognizing the market demand for a better single stage system, ChickMaster introduced the Avida setter as its next generation of all-in, all-out systems. The Avida is unique, with its single trolley design and turning system placed outside the machine for easy maintenance and has proven itself worldwide as the best-producing incubator available.

2006 – ChickMaster customers began to seek better solutions for hatchery ventilation and energy management. After developing an innovative Heat Recovery technology that reuses the energy generated from the incubation process, ChickMaster worked closely with several customers to install these systems into new and existing facilities. The Heat Recovery systems immediately provided significant energy savings while reducing the carbon footprint.

2007 – ChickMaster was honored to supply the incubation equipment and complete ventilation and energy management system for the largest hatchery in Europe.

2008 – ChickMaster heat recovery energy management systems were being used in hatcheries in Europe, Canada, and the USA.

The reversing fan concept introduced by ChickMaster was inspired by the introduction of variable frequency drives in Avida single stage setters. These VFD’s adjust fan speeds for lower energy consumption and improved environmental control.

2009  Once again ChickMaster delivers on an industry need for quick warmup after setting through the addition of hot water heating using the copper coils in the setter. The hot water system raised temperature within hours after setting, resulting in improved hatch results and a tighter hatch window.

2010 – ChickMaster introduces a revolutionary change in how to manage the hatchery environment with the installation of the first CC3 Climate Control System. A complete ventilation system prepared for installation outside the hatchery for simpler ventilation and management. The system includes heat recovery from the hot water of incubators managed by CM Zeus controls. Now close to 50 in operation around the world.

Responding to the need for easier egg transport and use with automated loading systems, ChickMaster also unveiled the 82-egg tray. With a two per tray frame, the easy to handle tray was quickly accepted by customers in Europe, Russia, and Asia.

ChickMaster also developed the Zeus Ventilation Control package, including the Master and Rio units, to better control the room environments of all hatcheries. This has proved to be a better method of maintaining each room in the hatchery with a more efficient management of temperature and humidity.

2013 – ChickMaster consolidates UK operations, the centre for ventilation excellence and supply of equipment to the EC market, into our current Bridgwater Somerset facility.

2015 – Featuring Avida S turning and over 20 other improvements, ChickMaster introduces the Avida Symphony setter and hatcher, proving once again that ChickMaster has its finger on the pulse of industry needs.

Built around the design of the CC3, ChickMaster proudly introduces the Aria Modular Ventilation System. Aria simplifies the total ventilation package removing the need to have roof mounted air handling units.

ChickMaster announces the consolidation of sales operations to their Medina, Ohio facility, making it the centre of excellence for all ChickMaster product sales, engineering, and manufacturing.