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History of the MACA

Deep Dutch Oven

 

MACA Supply  Company was founded in 1978 by Clair Anderson as an Iron Foundry providing Industrial Castings such as pumps, valves and other Machinery for Industrial Equipment Manufacturers.  Since then MACA Supply has expand its production plant 17 times from 12,000 square feet in 1980 to over 150,000 square feet on 35 acres in 2002.

What does this have to do with Dutch Ovens?  Everything.

Being raised on the Family Farm and Sawmill in the breathtaking Heber Valley 35 miles Northeast of Provo, Utah, Clair knew the advantages of keeping maintenance work in house.  With this, MACA has been casting its own furnace linings for years.  Furnace Linings have a base much like a pot or Dutch Oven except the sides continue higher to help form the insulation layer of the MACA Supply's Main Plant in Springville, Utahfurnace.  After the clay is formed to the outside of the iron furnace lining, the iron lining is left in the furnace to help bake the clay and is eventually melted and used as part of the next heat of iron to be poured out of the newly lined furnace.

In the mid 1980s a customer touring the foundry saw these furnace linings and said, "If you weld some legs on the bottom of that lining and cast me a lid, I'll have the biggest oven around."  We filled this custom order and eventually made new patterns designed specifically for Dutch Ovens.  The MACA Oven's origin as a Furnace Lining is why they are so deep compared to other ovens on the market.

Since we had been casting part numbers on our products since the beginning, we continued by casting peoples names, companies or short phrases on the lids of Ovens that weren't for sale, but given as unique gifts for Family, Friends and Customers.  Over the past few years we have joined with a local Utah artist and started casting different Nature Scenes on each Dutch Oven Lid which has added to the distinctive quality of the MACA Oven.  One odd result of the lid designs has been that many people who receive a MACA oven as a gift, refuse to cook with it but display the lid on the mantle of the fireplace.  They do look good either in natural iron or the bronze look of a few seasonings, but we think they look best with those beautiful, black carbon layers from years of use, covered with red coals.  This looks best because there is something hot and juicy that will soon be served under that stunning lid.

With the addition of our foundry that we built from the ground up in India we have been able to produce our ovens at a price that puts them in reach of thousands more without sacrificing the bedrock principle of Quality that MACA was built upon.  They draw a great deal of attention on a campfire or over a mound of briquettes because of the size and original designs.  We know you will love your MACA oven like we have loved ours.

 

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