The story begins in 1942, when a young Texas entrepreneur, Robert “Earl” McMackin, developed and patented the stadia rod to help seismologists search for oil. Precision Specialties Company was born the following year in Dallas, Texas. By 1950, Precision Specialties Company patented portable breast reels and multiple tools for the down-hole handling of dynamite, continuing the innovation that started the company.
While servicing companies in the geological field, additional needs for other quality supplies became apparent. Earl and his son, Edwin “Ed” McMackin, began purchasing slit cheese cloth, one of the first materials used for roll flagging. Eventually, non-woven materials gave way to vinyl as the roll flagging material of choice. Other marking product requests continued to reach Earl, products such as wire marking flags. Precision Specialties purchased slitting equipment and in 1956 began slitting finished roll flagging for their customers.
In 1966, Ed and his son, Waymon, began exploring ways to increase the efficiencies of their marking product manufacturing line. Desires to vertically integrate lead them to investigate internally producing PVC film for roll flagging and stake flags. In 1975, the first sellable pound of vinyl film was extruded by Precision Specialties Company. The vertical integration allowed material formulation changes, which improved the performance characteristics of the stake flags and roll flagging. As the market recognized the company’s ability to produce customized requests, Ed began to recognize a need from surveyors for a more ‘industrial’ roll flagging. To distinguish the new superior grade of roll flagging from the competition, Ed embossed the state of Texas throughout the film. It came to be known as Texas Grade Roll Flagging and today, Texas Roll Flagging remains the preferred choice among professional surveyors.
In 1987, Waymon relocated the company to Sherman, Texas. The move afforded Presco the opportunity to expand their manufacturing capabilities in an area rich with skilled industrial workers. The community of Sherman continues to provide Presco with wonderful employees who have fueled the growth and success of Presco.
Today, Presco’s manufacturing operations remain in their two facilities in Sherman, TX. These two facilities house three PVC extruders, custom designed marking product machines, and the dedicated, hardworking employees of Presco. The future of Presco is bright and ever changing. The Presco story is rich in innovation which all Presco employees plan on continuing with the partnership of our loyal customers. Let Presco prove to you the desire to be….. “Your First, Best Place to Buy and Our Last, Best Place to Work”!
YOUR FIRST BEST PLACE TO BUY, OUR LAST BEST PLACE TO WORK
The Presco attitude starts at the top building the famous Presconian pride!
Joe Hardt currently serves as CEO of Presco. Previously, he was an attorney at the Dallas law firm, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC and CEO of AMX Corp. Joe earned a BA in English from Centenary and a JD from the University of Texas at Austin. Joe has been a part of the Presco family since 2003.
Joe has previously served as President of the Rotary Club of Dallas, Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Dallas Fort Worth and as a member of the board of directors of the Better Business Bureau of Dallas, the Ronald McDonald House and the American Electronics Association. Joe has spoken before industry groups on the topic of reshoring – manufacturing moving back to the USA, a growing phenomenon in which Presco has experienced some great successes. Joe is a proud native Texan whose ancestors arrived in Texas in 1845 directly from Germany.
David Chisum currently serves as SVP & CFO of Presco. He has previously held similar positions at several public and private manufacturing and distribution companies in the Dallas area, including serving at AMX with Presco’s CEO, Joe Hardt. David earned his BBA in Accounting with honors at Baylor and is licensed as a CPA in the State of Texas. David has been a part of the Presco family since 2014.
David currently serves on the Board of Governors of B.H. Carroll Theological Institute and the Steering Committee of the Manufacturing CFO Special Interest Group of the Dallas Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI). He has previously served on the Board of the FEI South Florida chapter and the Accounting Advisory Board for the UTA School of Business.
Don Denges joined the Presco family in 1999 as an extruder machine operator assistant. Over the past 20 years, he has held many positions within the organization, primarily focused in Engineered Films. In 2005, Don took the lead role in research and development along with quality control working closely with the Engineered Film sales team to develop new products and improve existing ones. In 2010, Don took on the role of Operations Manager in Engineered Film and most recently, Don was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2015, with responsibilities for both Engineered Film and Outdoor Safety Marking Products segments. Don is a member of the Society for Plastics Engineers Vinyl Division and earned an Executive Leadership certificate from the McCombs School of Business at University of Texas in 2018.
Paul Manley joined the Presco team in 2015 as the Vice President of Engineering. In his role, Paul leads the Engineering and Maintenance teams responsible for equipment and facilities in both the Engineered Films and Safety Marking Products divisions. Paul has 14 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing, previously working for companies such as Poly-America, Nestle Waters North America and Barry-Wehmiller Design Group. A native of St. Louis, Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2004.
As Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Presco’s Marking Products Division, Wade helps create value for Presco’s customers by implementing sales and marketing strategies with a primary focus on helping each customer sell more Marking Products. With the understanding that most of Presco’s partners total overall sales are less than 1% in the Marking Products category, Wade and his Presco team drive revenue by putting custom initiatives in place to create focus on these products. Not only does Wade focus on the growth of Presco, but he understands that helping Presco’s customers grow their revenue is the key factor in creating value for each distributor.
Wade joined Presco in 2010 and has been instrumental in the sales growth success for Presco and their partners. He was promoted to VP of Sales in April 2018 as a recognition to his leadership. Wade leads all Marking Products sales in the Industrial, Safety, MRO and Utility categories as well as Irrigation, Survey and Forestry distribution channels as well. In addition, Wade also manages Presco’s Customer Service and Marketing Departments. He leads by example and works with his team members in a collaborative fashion to both create and implement better methods of delivering Presco’s message to our customers.
Wade received his BA degree with a minor in marketing from Troy University in Alabama and currently resides in Roanoke, TX with his wife, Karla.
John Yianitsas joined the Presco team in 2019 as the Vice President of New Business Development. John has over 25 years of experience in Sales and Sales management within the pressure sensitive films industry. His knowledge of films and their multiple applications allows him to bring creative ideas to his customers. His ability to bring a strategic focus with clearly defined goals for an organization to ensure success has been a strength over the course of his career. His approach of listening to the customer to make sure he understands their needs allows him to help them achieve their goals. John’s focus for Presco is to expand the business into new markets and applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Centenary College of Louisiana.