In early 1947 Elton MacKissic, postmaster of Parker Ford Pa., started manufacturing, in the cellar of his home, bale hooks and plow trip rope releases for farmers. Eventually he started selling them in agricultural catalogs throughout the United States and Canada. In 1952 Mac expanded his product line with farm grain wagons which eventually evolved into the farm caterer, a mobile-on-the-farm hammermill and molasses blender. In 1955, MacKissic introduced free-swinging, reversible hammers which made hammermills even more efficient and led to the development of the Mighty Mac® Leaf Shredder for home gardeners.
In 1959, business was booming, Mac had outgrown his home facilities and moved to a new location where MacKissic Incorporated resides today. In 1960 MacKissic introduced the only removable and interchangeable grinding screens for their leaf shredders, another MacKissic first.
In 1964 a young explosives engineer named George Knotts needed a manufacturing site and an office to run a fledgling company called Amerind, Inc., so the two companies shared the facility until 1967, when they merged and Amerind-MacKissic was formed.
Meanwhile the lawn and garden products business was growing. In 1966 lawn and garden sprayers were introduced fully launching the Mighty Mac® line. In 1971 the Mighty Mac® Dealer-Distributor Organization was established. The next year the Mighty Mac® Chipper was added to the Leaf Shredder forming the patented Mighty Mac® Shredder-Chipper, the first to utilize a centrifugal clutch for easy starting.
In 1982 Amerind-MacKissic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Inductotherm Industries of Rancocas, NJ, and the business and facilities were expanded. New products continued to be developed and added such as leaf blowers, walk behind vacuums, and stump cutters. In 1990 the Amerind division was sold, and MacKissic Incorporated became entirely dedicated to the lawn and garden industry.
MacKissic announced their acquisition of the Easy Auger® product line, manufactured by E-Z Industries, Inc. of Alexandria, MN, in November 2001. The Easy Auger® was the first auger of this design type and was originally introduced in 1991; in 1996 the first self-propelled model was developed.
Today MacKissic manufactures under the brand names of Mighty Mac®, Merry Tiller®, Easy Auger®, and Merry Commercial.