M-D Building Products have been innovating from OKC for more than a centuryPublished: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 By: Marcus Elwell Source: VeloCity
Since 1920, M-D Building Products has been manufacturing a diverse array of products including door and window weatherstrip, caulk, aluminum and vinyl custom extrusions and flooring accessories. Over its century of success, M-D Building Products has maintained its roots as a family-run, privately held business headquartered in Oklahoma City.
Today the company has 12 locations spread across North America, including Canada, and you can find their products in nearly every hardware store, including Ace Hardware, Lowe’s and The Home Depot. While it has grown into an international company, its origins are about as Oklahoman as you can get.
In 1919, L.A. Macklanburg and his wife moved to a new home in Oklahoma City. They quickly became frustrated with the dirt the Oklahoma wind would blow into their house. This led to Macklanburg developing the first door weatherstrip to help combat the Oklahoma winds, summer heat and winter colds. Sensing an opportunity, he took his hand-crank weatherstrip machine to the Oklahoma State Fair in 1920 and Macklanburg-Duncan (which would later become M-D Building Products) was born.
The President of M-D Building Products, Ryan Plotkin, said that the original story of Oklahoma innovation, entrepreneurialism and finding solutions to problems remains with the company more than 100 years later.
“We have a very entrepreneurial, cool story,” said Plotkin. “Flexibility, innovation and creativity remain core competencies today. Another core strength of ours is ego-less teamwork. We are all in this together. Whether it is the senior leadership team or the person that is running the weatherstrip machine, we are all pulling in the same direction. It is the Oklahoma characteristic of rolling up your sleeves and getting to work to make it happen.”