Master has a long history of growth and innovation. Founded in 1948
in Cleveland, Ohio, the company was a leader in development of what
were called mammoth incubators because of what was then considered
large capacity. Its sales grew all over the world thru the efforts
of its international sales distributor, E. Holzer Incorporated,
owned by Erich Holzer. In 1974, Mr. Holzer purchased Chick Master
and in 1976 moved it to its present factory in Medina, Ohio. The
company grew in volume and in geography with strong sales of its
Classic incubation systems worldwide. In 1998, Chick Master’s
management recognized the need to expand its product lines as well
as its presence in the European market. Under its second generation
of management, Robert Holzer led to the purchase of Buckeye
Incubator Company based in England and La Nationale in France to
meet those two objectives.
The unified company expanded its product lines in both multi and
single stage incubators. As sales increased, it created the need for
a larger and more modern facility. In 2001, Chick Master UK moved
into its current home in Bridgwater, England. This is the center
today for European sales and service.
In 2001, Chick Master 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 because Cumberland manufactured
these systems under license before becoming independent. Today the
Avida S line is the next generation of Smith systems.
Recognizing the market demand for a better single stage system,
Chick Master introduced the Avida setter in 2004 as its next
generation of all-in all-out systems. The Avida has been unique in
its single trolley design on each side of the fan and a turning
system placed outside the machine for easy maintenance. The Avida
system has proven itself worldwide as the best producing incubator
By 2006, Chick Master Customers were looking for better solutions
for hatchery ventilation and energy management. After developing the
Heat Recovery concept for hatcheries using primary recovery from
the hot water leaving the setters and hatchers, Chick Master worked
closely with several customers to install these systems into new and
existing facilities. The Heat Recovery systems immediately provided
significant energy savings while also reducing the carbon footprint
of these facilities. In 2007, Chick Master was honored to supply the
incubation equipment and complete ventilation and energy management
package for the largest hatchery in Europe. By 2008, these energy
management systems were running in hatcheries in Europe, Canada, and
Chick Master continues to innovate and develop new features for its
incubation systems and energy savings products for hatcheries to
reduce operating costs. These include leading-edge software for
systems’ controls, egg-trays for better automation and more
efficient transport, mercury free controls that are more
environmental safe, ultrasonic humidification for improved moisture
control, and many more.
Through its rich history, Chick Master continues to lead and to
address the needs and demands of today’s and tomorrow’s large
Early Chick Master Setter
New Chick Master Hatcher
For additional information, please
contact your regional office.
Master, Englewood, NJ, U.S.A.
Cumming, GA, U.S.A.
Master, Medina, OH, U.S.A.
Master, Somerset, UK