History & Founder

On March 8, 1956, with eight children at home ranging from one to twelve years in age, a two year old home mortgage, jobs with two different boiler sales companies, and selling life insurance and real estate part time, Bob MacDonald, with an agreement to sell Cleaver-Brooks boilers in Northern California, founded the
R. F. MacDonald Co.

It takes a lot of hard work by dedicated and hard working employees to survive and thrive. EVERYONE in our Company has contributed to make these accomplishments possible. However, these accomplishments, and those not yet realized, would not be possible if it wasn't for our founder, Bob MacDonald. Many years later, with multiple offices, we continue to furnish and service Cleaver- Brooks’ boilers, now throughout all of California and Nevada.

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 entitled ‘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.

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 together with Bob MacDonald to celebrate our 40th anniversary since he founded our Company. Many came from across the country to be with Bob to celebrate his forty years in business. It was fitting in celebrating our fortieth anniversary that we established several milestones at the end of last year.

R.F. MacDonald Co. is the exclusive representative for Goulds Pump Company. We now have a significantly increased product offering from our rapidly expanding industrial pump business.

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 these sales accomplishments possible.

We have an accounting department that performs without fail. They allow management the opportunity to focus on our most important issues.


Historical Highlights


Founded by Bob MacDonald as a rep for Cleaver-Brooks

Operations started in
San Francisco, CA


Became a rep for Blackmer Pump


Sold our first Low NOx burner
on a Cleaver-Brooks Industrial
Water Tube Boiler to IBM


Offices in Reno and Modesto

Began offering prefab systems


Moved headquarters to Hayward

Added as a rep for Seepex,
Ingersoll-Rand, and Goulds Pumps

Offices opened in Fresno,
Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and
San Diego


Established pump training classes

Representative for
Camus Boiler


Expanded Los Angeles operations with move to Santa Fe Springs

Office opened in Rohnert Park

Established Pump Business Unit
in Southern California

Initiated Clear the Air program for California Regulatory Compliance