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Our History

VMI has a proud history in the dredging industry and seeks to continue providing customers worldwide with products and services to solve their dredging and sludge handling needs.

The first VMI dredge built in 1972.

The First VMI Dredge

VMI has a proud history in the dredging industry starting in 1972.

In 1972, Gene Maitlen and Bob Vaughn got into the dredge manufacturing business in a Quonset hut near their Case Equipment dealership in Oklahoma City. Bob, Gene, and Randy Maitlen, Gene’s son, decided to become serious about building quality dredges and created Vaughn-Maitlen Industries (VMI), Inc. The VMI, Inc. plant was located in several locations during the next four years until 1976, when the production facilities finally settled in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Bigger and better dredgers were soon added to the VMI line.

Bigger And Better

Dredging enhancements were soon incorporated into the VMI line of dredging equipment.

Bigger and better dredges were soon added to the VMI line and a network of distributors was set up. As one of the most recognized dredge manufacturers, VMI, Inc. began to sell VMI dredges worldwide and an international salesman was added to their staff.

A new VMI production facility specifically built for manufacturing dredges was built in 1989.

New Production Facility

Increased demand created the need for a new improved production facility.

By 1989 VMI had outgrown its current plant capacity and a decision was made to build a new production facility in Cushing, Oklahoma. The new production facility was specifically built for manufacturing dredges. In 1997 Bob Vaughn’s stock was purchased by Gene Maitlen and his two sons, Tony and Randy, making VMI exclusively owned by the Maitlen name.

Gene Maitlen with a dredge.

Facility Expansion & Increased Production Capacity

Increased manufacturing space to meet demand.

In 2007 VMI's facility was expanded to include additional manufacturing and parts storage space for increased capacity. At the end of 2019 VMI introduced a new logo to better reflect the company name and image going forward.

VMI Logos
A VMI horizontal dredge at the VMI testing and training facility.

Testing And Training Capabilities Enhanced

Capabilities for testing dredges and booster pumps improved.

In 2020 VMI's testing and training capabilities were enhanced to improve product innovation and better serve the needs of customers. Additional parts storage capacity was also increased to expand the availability of in stock items. VMI remains a privately owned and operated business.

Gene Maitlen

In Memory Of Gene Maitlen 

1927-2011

About Us

Our Story

In 1972, Gene Maitlen and Bob Vaughn got into the dredge manufacturing business in a Quonset hut near their Case Equipment dealership in Oklahoma City. Bob, Gene, and Randy Maitlen, Gene’s son, decided to become serious about building quality dredges and created Vaughn-Maitlen Industries (VMI), Inc. The VMI, Inc. plant was located in several locations during the next four years until 1976, when the production facilities finally settled in Bethany, Oklahoma. Bigger and better dredges were soon added to the VMI line and a network of distributors was set up. As one of the most recognized dredge manufacturers, VMI, Inc. began to sell VMI dredges worldwide and an international salesman was added to their staff. By 1989 VMI had outgrown its current plant capacity and a decision was made to build a new production facility in Cushing, Oklahoma. The new production facility was specifically built for manufacturing dredges. In 1997 Bob Vaughn’s stock was purchased by Gene Maitlen and his two sons, Tony and Randy, making VMI exclusively owned by the Maitlen name. In 2007 VMI's facility was expanded to include additional manufacturing and parts storage space for increased capacity. At the end of 2019 VMI introduced a new logo to better reflect the company name and image going forward. In 2020 VMI's testing and training capabilities were enhanced to improve product innovation and better serve the needs of customers. Additional parts storage capacity was also increased to expand the availability of in stock items. VMI is a privately owned and operated business. Cash Maitlen is a 3rd generation Maitlen within the company and proudly serves as the President of the company. Cash grew up fully immersed in the company and has experienced all aspects of the business from sweeping floors to training operators internationally around the globe. Cash has a history designing, developing, troubleshooting, and operating dredges and heavy equipment even collaborating with some of the world's top equipment manufacturers for new product developments. Wesley Hamm started his career in the dredge industry shortly after finishing 8 years in the United States Army. He managed dredging operations with multiple crews across multiple states for the better part of a decade. Wesley was first introduced to the company in 2018 when his team replaced their inventory with VMI dredges, eventually making the move to VMI in 2021 as the Sales Manager. VMI has a proud history in the dredging industry and seeks to continue providing customers worldwide with products and services to solve their dredging and sludge handling needs.

VMI, INC. QUALITY POLICY

VMI is committed to producing and servicing dredges and dredging equipment for various applications domestically and internationally. The company has produced dredging equipment for the dredging industry for almost 50 years and is committed to the highest quality of manufacturing, engineering, and service to its customers. VMI aims to achieve the highest possible quality by implementing a quality management system that complies with the international standard of good practice BS EN ISO 9001:2015. This includes VMI’s commitment to meet the requirements of our customers, listen and learn from customer feedback, as well as meeting legal and regulatory requirements. VMI also strives to be an industry leader in design and development of products for the dredging industry, through the utilization of a systematic and data driven approach to meet the needs of the market and our customers. The top management of VMI Inc. along with supervisors and staff are responsible for the quality of their work and providing the best products and services to our clientele. All VMI employees strive to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.

Testimonials

VMI values our customers and what they have to say. Please see what some of our clients say about VMI.

Earl Williams Testimonial

A1 Products!

VMI gets better and better each year. VMI has A1 products!

Earl, Jimco Employee

Billy Grubbs Testimonial

Great Relationship With VMI

We have had a great relationship with VMI. They always have what we need - parts, dredges, etc.

Billy, Jimco Employee

Duwaine Brown Testimonial

Great Service And Superior Machines

VMI Dredges are wonderful, Top Of The Line. VMI offers superior service and superior dredges.

Duwaine, Jimco Employee

Our Team

Meet Our Team

VMI has a proud history in the dredging industry and seeks to continue providing customers worldwide with products and services to solve their dredging and sludge handling needs.

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