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Coming off a very successful 2017, Tie Down Engineering, the preferred on-demand contract manufacturer for hundreds of companies across the nation making more than 5,500 products, announced today it has acquired the assets of Maxilator, a leader in the hay handling equipment space. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Maxilator will operate as a division of Tie Down.

“As Maxilator’s manufacturing partner, we were already quite familiar with the ingenious designs of their groundbreaking hay handling equipment and saw an opportunity to grow even faster as a single, combined entity,” said Chuck MacKarvich, president and CEO of Tie Down Engineering. “Not only did their current products impress us, but what we saw on the drawing board was truly innovative and potentially disruptive for the market.”

Maxilator’s portfolio of products, which are sold through distributors and independent dealers in more than 40 states and Canada, gather, lift, load, split, transport and offload hay. Farm customers include hay growers, cattle, and horse farmers.

“Knowing Tie Down’s reputation for manufacturing ingenuity and innovative product designs, we could not have wished for a better deal,” said Michael Goss of Maxilator. “Their quality is legendary as is their fiercely loyal and collaborative spirit they brought to every discussion and brainstorm. I am delighted to have closed this deal and look forward to a very bright future.”

About Tie Down

With nearly 50 years’ experience, 90 patents and more than 5,500 products, Tie Down is the preferred and trusted on-demand contract manufacturer for hundreds of companies across the nation, including leaders in manufactured housing, roofing, marine, OEM trailer and cable & hardware. Powered by nine manufacturing facilities covering more than 650,000 square feet at its headquarters in Georgia, Tie Down’s ingenuity is infused in each stage of the manufacturing cycle, including innovation, design, quality/testing, delivery and support. The Tie Down Ethos is Ingenuity as a Service. For more information, visit