History and Founder — R.F. MacDonald Co.

History and Founder

History and Founder

RF MacDonald HistoryOn March 8, 1956, Bob MacDonald founded the R.F. MacDonald Co. His decision came shortly after agreeing to sell Cleaver-Brooks boilers in Northern California. After 60 years, we now have 10 offices, selling and servicing pumps and boilers throughout California and Nevada.
Our hard working and dedicated employees have contributed to our company’s success, but our accomplishments, and those not yet realized, would not be possible if it wasn’t for our founder, Bob MacDonald.

The Persistence to Succeed

An objective for all of us in life is to potentially leave a part of ourselves with others as we depart this life for another. There are many adjectives that can be used to describe Bob MacDonald but perhaps none more appropriate than ‘persistent’.
From Bob’s single desk, single office beginning, through the growth of our company, and ultimately his fight with cancer, persistence was his constant theme. The writing titled ‘Persistence’ by Calvin Coolidge has been in our office lobby for many years. These words can be an inspiration to us all. In the memory of our founder, Bob MacDonald, may they be an inspiration to you.

Persistence – A Quote by Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in the world
can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than
unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
The world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination
alone are omnipotent.
The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved
and always will solve
the problems of
the human race.

In Memory of Our Founder Robert F. MacDonald

On May 27, 1996, the founder of our Company passed away after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. A month earlier to the day, family, friends, colleagues and employees gathered with Bob MacDonald to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his company. Many came from across the country to be with Bob to celebrate his 40 years in business. It was fitting in celebrating our 40th anniversary that we established several milestones at the end of that year.
In addition, we believe we have the best parts and service departments in the business. The excellent work of our factory-trained, field service technicians, supported by our engineering expertise, have made our sales accomplishments and growth possible.
Lastly, we acknowledge our Accounting Department who continues to perform without fail. They allow management ample opportunity to focus on their most important tasks.