Neal Manufacturing Company was begun in 1978 by Harold Neal, former sales manager for the Ohio based Lay-Mor Manufacturing. Lay-Mor, who had recently sold to Raygo Manufacturing, produced a 175 gallon squeegee sealcoating machine, storage mixing tanks and 2 small asphalt pavers. After working briefly for Raygo Manufacturing, Harold decided to utilize his experience in the sealcoating and paving industry to start his own company. Beginning as a small manufacturing facility in Sand Hill, Georgia, with one employee, Neal Manufacturing was born. Manufacturing what he knew best, a 175 gallon squeegee machine and storage mixing tanks, Harold sold one machine at a time until he began to pick up momentum. Because most sealcoating professionals were still applying sealer with buckets and squeegees, news of a more efficient ridable sealcoat applicator was welcomed throughout the industry. This, combined with the high durability and simplicity of the Neal unit, quickly propelled Neal Manufacturing into steady production. By 1981 it became clear that contractors wished for machines with more capacity that would allow them to work more efficiently. Responding to this need Neal began manufacturing the industries first 210 gallon applicator, the SM-210.

It was also in 1981, that Neal Manufacturing Company facilitated a major shift in the sealcoating industry. While the increased capacity of the new SM-210 offered higher efficiency for sealcoat professionals, contractors were seeking ways to become more efficient through speeding up the process and decreasing labor costs. O’Dell Manufacturing first responded to this need by manufacturing the industries first spray sealcoat applicator. This unit was 200 gallons, powered by a Roper steel gear pump, with no agitation. While the speed of this unit was impressive for the times, it lacked the ability to spray sand and sealer mixed together. Neal Manufacturing, recognizing the strengths of the spray method, began searching for ways to overcome its weaknesses and make this method a viable alternative for sealcoating professionals.

In 1981 Neal meet this challenge with its introduction of the industries first 550 gallon tow behind spray applicator. The Neal 550’s spray system was driven by a Bowie rubber gear pump with in-tank agitation to suspend aggregate for the duration of the job. For the first time contractors were given the ability to spray sealer that met or exceeded industry standards for proper mix design with sand. Because of its high capacity and tow behind capability, the Neal 550 was also the first machine to provide professional contractors an efficient solution to sealing large commercial parking lots.
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It is no exaggeration to say the Neal 550 revolutionized the sealcoating industry. Because of the power of this one machine, sealcoating became a highly profitable field, with an entire new world of possibilities. Due of the overwhelming response to the 550, Neal began to search for other new ways to increase the profitability and efficiency of its sealcoating equipment. It was this quest that led to the introduction of the Neal ESP Piston Pump in 1984. Dissatisfied with the longevity of the rubber gear pump, piston pumping eliminated the wear of the rubber gears caused by aggregate, and satisfied a growing need for increased durability in the pumping system. With the ESP pump Neal introduced the industries first pumping system designed specifically for sealcoating equipment. High powered, with virtually no maintenance (just like it is today!), the ESP could pump an unprecedented 50 gallons of material per minute for material transfers and provide a continuous even pressured supply of material to the spray wand and spray bar without interruption. This second revolutionary idea gave birth to the new and improved Neal ESP 550.

In 1985 Neal introduced the industries first (yes, another one) ride-on spray machine. Taking the classic 210 squeegee model, Neal integrated its ESP pump system giving the system unheard of capabilities. It was this model that established a new standard for applying sealer to the asphalt surface. With the ability to squeegee material down into the pores (low points) of the surface on the first coat, and spray on the second (hitting the peaks of the surface), a higher standard of quality could now be offered to the customer.  This new level of quality offered the sealcoating contractor a better, longer lasting, product for customers when sealing high traffic areas.

In 1986, and with more than 70% market share of the industries sealcoating equipment, Neal raised the bar once again. With the introduction of the ESSP 100 gallon per minute pumping system, Neal gave the contractor more efficient methods of applying sealer to the asphalt surface. With this new, higher pumping capability, Neal introduced the material spray bar. The spray bar attached to the back of any Neal unit, and provided high speed, high powered application of sealer to the surface. Additionally, and because of the increased psi provided with the ESSP Pump, contractors could now for the first time, spray with a distributor bar applying up to 15 foot widths with sand loads, without loss of pressure.

In 1986 and 1987 successively, Neal introduced the SM and DA 350, the industries first 350 gallon self propelled applicator. Now with increased capacity and the new ESSP piston pump, a new level of efficiency was born. Capable of squeegee application, distributor bar application and spraying with two hand wands, the DA-350 quickly became the new “King” of sealcoating machines.

Through the innovations and creativity of Harold Neal and Neal Manufacturing Company, the face of sealcoating had been changed forever. For the first time, affordable, high powered solutions for applying sealer to asphalt gave the sealcoating industry new possibilities and standards. What began as a marginally profitable career path, through the efforts and imagination of one company, became a highly profitable career for thousands of contractors around the nation.

Due in part to the imagination of contractors all over, Neal has produced sealcoating equipment in all shapes and sizes. Many standard models we now produce were born from the ideas and creativity of our customers. The Neal Fabricated Truck System, Skid models – and even some models that weren’t all that successful – have all added to a 30 year tradition of providing customers with high quality sealcoating equipment.
Over 20 models of sealcoating equipment and 30 years later, Neal still manufactures the most durable and efficient sealcoating machines. It only takes a quick browse of current equipment standards to realize the incredible influence Neal has had on this great industry.

The same tradition of high standards and creativity that drove Neal in those early years are the same that drive us today. Call us today to discuss how Neal can help you to become more efficient and more profitable. Let us be your partner in sealcoating.