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The Loadmaster line was originally produced by John G Hagan by the City

Tank Corporation of Corona, New York. The first line of refuse collection bodies City Tank

introduced to the industry was marketed under the Roto Pac name. City Tank’s primary

customer was the City of New York’s Department of Sanitation.


      In 1957, John Hagan made the decision to move the operation fron Corona, New York,

to Culpepper, Virginia, a small community 75 miles south of Washington D.C. in the

foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As a part of the move, a new corporation, Old

Dominion Manufacturing was formed to manufacture the Loadmaster product line.


      Old Dominion experienced spirited growth after the new plant opened in 1959. This

growth could not have been achieved without the success of the rear-load packing system,

developed in 1961 by Old Dominion. The rear-load packing system was the precursor to

today’s proven Loadmaster product line.


In 1972 as interest shifted to sales of other technology outside the Sanitation Industry.

Hackney Industries, Inc. recognized the potential of Loadmaster and contacted the City

Tank Corporation in late 1981. In March, 1984, Hackney acquired the assets, trademark,

and patents of the Loadmaster product line and leased the Old Dominion plant in

Culpepper. Production of the new Loadmaster by Hackney Industries began in late March

of that same year.


Hackney ownership saw expansion in the Loadmaster line and business. With this growth,

came an increase in the attention of investors. One such Investor group was Waste

Disposal Equipment Acquisition Corporation. WDEAC was a group formed by successful

executives with proven track records in management. In August of 1990 WDEAC

purchased the assets of Loadmaster Corporation from Hackney Industries.


Unfortunately, a key ingredient was missing in this group of highly successful managers.

None of these managers had any history or knowledge of the refuse industry. This Achilles’

heel proved to be too much and in a year’s time the company ran out of money.


Loadmaster ownership regained its leadership and experience when in 1992 David Brisson

purchased Loadmaster from Larry Downing. Larry Downing purchased Loadmaster with

the intention of selling the parts inventory only. Mr. Brisson purchased Loadmaster to

revitalize the line of refuse bodies.


David J. Brisson grew up not only in the manufacturing industry but in the manufacturing

of refuse trucks. David’s father J Raymond Brisson created the well-known line of refuse

equipment Lodal. David also operated and continues to operate a private refuse hauling

company Great American Disposal.




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