Reinhard Matye isn’t the kind of guy who’s satisfied with the status quo.
As the head engineer at a company that built dry bulk loading equipment, he was always looking for new and better ways to do things. Unfortunately, his company wasn’t. They never wanted to stray too much from what the owner thought was the “right way to do things”, Reinhard says. “It was time to start DCL”.
“So I rallied two other guys and said, ‘let’s do this on our own’.” Reinhard, Werner Egger and Phil Camaliere launched Dust Control and Loading Systems, Inc. in 1981.
It was nine or 10 months before the company got its first order, Reinhard says, “but then it was like the switch was broken in the on position, and we’ve had a steady increasing flow of business ever since.”
The reason, Reinhard says, is because the company follows his personal philosophy: “We enjoy taking on a new challenge of problem-solving apart from the norm, using our vast experience in dry bulk material handling.”
That ‘apart from the norm’ part means DCL spends a lot of time, effort and money on research and development, testing new concepts in material handling.
“We like to tackle new ways of handling a product that has its own challenges,” he says. “We’ve built equipment to handle the standard products, like cement, ash and flour. But we’ve also built systems to handle more unusual things: rocket fuel, gunpowder, dried slaughterhouse blood, peanuts, cocoa beans and chili peppers.”
Phil left the company after three years, but Reinhard and Werner remained at the helm. DCL, Inc. has more than 78 US employees and 35 more in a wholly owned subsidiary company in India, and continues to be the leader in the industry.