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
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.
- 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.
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 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.