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85 years of BouMatic : a milestone in the dairy industry

In 2024, we proudly commemorate the 85th anniversary of BouMatic, a milestone marked by innovation, dedication, and a rich legacy in the dairy industry.

It all began with Gilmon Albrecht's groundbreaking invention at the Dairy Equipment Company, where the front-loaded can cooler revolutionized the dairy industry. From there, the journey continued with the visionary Lawrence Bouma, whose collaboration led to the creation of Bou-Matic Milkers, shaping modern milking practices.

Today, we celebrate this achievement and recognize the invaluable contributions of dairy farmers, dealers, and our dedicated employees.
Lawrence Bouma's milking philosophy has successfully stood the test of time, revolutionizing the industry. This philosophy is reflected in innovative products such as the Gemini UP milking robot, ensuring superior milk quality and increased efficiency in the milking process.

With pride in our heritage and unwavering determination, we look ahead, poised to continue our legacy of excellence in the dairy industry for years to come.


In a landmark moment for BouMatic's history, we proudly unveil the Lawrence Bouma Award - a heartfelt tribute to those whose dedication to service mirrors the timeless values of our beloved founder, Lawrence Bouma.

Mark your calendars with excitement: Nomination Applications open on 5/2/2024 and close on 6/30/2024. And don't miss the grand celebration at the Award Ceremony on 10/1/2024.

Bouma Award


  • Dairy Equipment Company

    January 1st, 1938

    Gilmon F. Albrecht founds the Dairy Equipment Company in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Dairy Equipment Company
  • Bou-Matic Milkers, Inc.

    January 1st, 1939

    Lawrence Bouma establishes Bou-Matic Milkers, Inc. in Ontario, California.

    Bou-Matic Milkers, Inc.
  • Dari-Kool

    January 1st, 1951

    Dairy Equipment Company introduces Dari-Kool "canless" bulk milk coolers.

  • Bou-Matic

    January 1st, 1956

    BouMatic operates from a new location in Ontario (California) and supplies equipment through its Bouma Distribution agency.

  • DEC International

    January 1st, 1969

    DEC International, a parent company of Dairy Equipment Company, is established, reflecting the company's diverse product lines and global orientation.

    DEC International
  • Gascoigne Melotte

    January 1st, 1974

    Gascoigne and Melotte merge to form a leader in milking machine design and development.

    Gascoigne Melotte
  • International

    January 1st, 1994

    Bou-Matic has divisions in several countries including Australia, England, France, Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

  • Bigger

    January 1st, 2004

    Bou-Matic purchases Gascoigne-Melotte to strengthen its global market position.

  • BouMatic LLC

    January 1st, 2006

    Bou-Matic and Gascoigne-Melotte are integrated into BouMatic LLC, a global dairy technology leader.

    BouMatic LLC
  • BouMatic Robotics BV

    January 4th, 2011

    BouMatic Robotics BV is founded in The Netherlands.

    BouMatic Robotics BV
  • Presentation of the MR-S1

    January 9th, 2011

    Reveal and launch of the MR-S1 milking robot.

    Presentation of the MR-S1
  • 01/08/2012

    January 8th, 2012

    Opening of BouMatic Robotics Canada

  • 1/15/2012

    January 15th, 2012

    Glacier Chill is introduced.

  • 1/1/2014

    January 1st, 2014

    Pulse MD monitoring system is released.

  • 1/1/2017

    January 1st, 2017

    BouMatic receives the Innov' SPACE Award for the SmartWay 90 rapid exit parallel stall.

  • 1/1/2018

    January 1st, 2018

    Launch of MR-S2 and MR-D2 milking robots with new innovative robot arm.

  • 5/1/2018

    May 1st, 2018

    The largest Xcalibur 360EX rotary - a 110-stall platform - is installed at High Plains Dairy in Kansas.

  • Introduction of the Gemini Milking Robot

    January 1st, 2020

    The Gemini Milking Robot is released.

    Introduction of the Gemini Milking Robot
  • Acquisition of the SAC Group

    January 1st, 2021

    SAC Milking now operates as a fully owned subsidiary of BouMatic.

    Acquisition of the SAC Group
  • The Largest Xcalibur 360EX Rotary

    January 1st, 2023

    A 120-stall rotary is installed at Riverbend Dairy in Idaho.

    The Largest Xcalibur 360EX Rotary
  • Introduction of the Gemini UP

    September 12th, 2024

    The Gemini UP is released.

    Introduction of the Gemini UP
  • Introduction of the Gemini MAX

    September 13th, 2024

    The Gemini MAX is released.

    Introduction of the Gemini MAX
  • Introduction of the automatic feeding solutions

    February 1st, 2024

    This new product range includes: - The Butler Gold Pro Feed Pusher - The Shuttle Eco Feeding Robot - The FlyPit Bedding Robot

    Introduction of the automatic feeding solutions