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.
Many changes occurred at Precision Specialties Company in 1979 such as renaming the company to from PREcision Specialties COmpany to PRESCO and an expansion to sell the Presco extruded vinyl film to other manufacturers and in 1981, Presco landed their first engineered film customer.
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.
Beth Guinn joined Presco in 2003 in Sales and Marketing for the Safety Marking Products division and made the move to the Engineered Film division in 2007. Since that time, Beth has managed the Sales and Marketing for the division and was named a Vice President in 2015. Beth enjoys growing Presco’s partnerships with long-time customers and seeking new opportunities for Presco’s custom engineered PVC and EVA films. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Austin College, a top liberal arts college in Texas, where she was captain of the women’s soccer team. Beth received a Graduate Certificate in Marketing from Southern Methodist University in 2009.
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.
With over 15 years of sales experience, spanning across numerous industries, and working with large Fortune top companies, Wade ushers in the sense of leadership that promotes and encourages his team to achieve every goal set. At Presco, Wade enjoys helping each Key Account Manager exceed sales expectations by helping Presco’s distributors grow their Safety Marking Products sales. His creative thought process and ability to seek out and engage opportunities have earned him the VP of Sales and Marketing title at Presco. Wade’s contagious desire to push forward and seize sales opportunity undoubtedly affects all those around him and helps drive his team to success.
Wade attended Troy University and has been married to his wife Karla for 8 wonderful years. He is an avid sports fan and loves to play golf when he is not attending a sporting event, drama play, or dance performance of one of his five children.
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.