History of Neal
Harold Neal established Neal Manufacturing Co., Inc. in 1977 with the introduction of a hydraulic piston pump which began the revolution of the asphalt seal coating business by making the application of the product faster and more productive.
In 1984, Maury Bagwell, who served as plant manager and engineer for Neal at that time, designed and patented the ESP Hydraulic Piston Pump Spraying System which featured infinitely variable and extreme production rates and long wearing pump seals. In 1986, the ESSP 100 system was introduced in combination with a multi-nozzle spray bar which provided the industry with the opportunity to take on larger commercial jobs which increased profit margins.
In 1987, Neal introduced the industry’s first 350 gallon capacity self-propelled applicator, the SM and DA 350. This allowed applicators to spray up to 15 ft. widths and up to 100 gallons per minute without losing pressure. Neal now offered a machine capable of squeegee applications, multi-nozzle distributor bar and two hand wands as well as 750 gallon trailer units. Neal also pioneered truck mounted rigs, skid mounted machines and bulk storage tanks in several sizes for specific customer applications.
In 2000, Neal Manufacturing Company, Inc. was sold to Ingersoll Rand/Blaw Knox. In 2005, Harold Neal developed an improved hydraulic piston pump and Neal Manufacturing LLC began to serve the seal coating industry again until his unexpected demise in 2009. In 2013, Blastcrete Equipment Co., Inc. began the production of the Neal Manufacturing LLC product line at its facility in Anniston, AL. Blastcrete is a leading manufacturer of hydraulic mixing and pumping equipment for shotcrete, concrete, refractories, flooring underlayment, grout and epoxy.
The Neal Manufacturing division of Blastcrete has diversified its product line to include equipment for the asphalt seal coating industry, as well as equipment to manufacture (mix), store, transport and apply materials for all asphalt pavement maintenance materials including asphalt road maintenance. The robust Neal pump systems are considered the industry standard for both parking lot and road maintenance. Since 2015, Neal has introduced the labor saving hydraulic Neal Jet Blower for the DA 350, high production dual pump or 150 GPM application trucks with solenoid open and close nozzle tips, and a hydraulic cut in baffle for the DA 350 or application truck which shortens cut in time by more than 50%.
After 42 years of experience manufacturing refractory materials and installation equipment, Jim has a wealth of knowledge to share with customers.
Tripp has focused on sales and customer support for 13 years while also providing equipment training to new customers.
Scott oversees business operations, develops new business, and takes care of customer relationships.
Eric, the Sales manager for Neal Manufacturing, continues in that capacity with the Neal/Blastcrete partnership.
Maury has a background in mechanical engineering and his primary responsibilities include product development, engineering and quality control.