Mr. Valerius D. Anderson - Mr. Valerius D. Anderson founded the V. D. Anderson Company in 1888, when he was 58.  A true product of the Industrial Revolution, he invented a revolutionary new way to obtain oil and fats.  His vision produced the continuous mechanical screw press that is still the working basis of all mechanical screw presses today. 

In 1855, Mr. Anderson worked in a Milton, Wisconsin tin shop, repairing leaky roofs and fabricating hoops for the then-popular hoop skirts.  He later moved to Kewanee, Illinois where he developed and patented an improved steam boiler, which led him to form a small company to manufacture and sell them.  Later, Mr. Anderson was offered a better opportunity in Springfield, Ohio, where he operated the Mast-Foos Company, a boiler manufacturing company which became a part of International Harvester.

Mr. Anderson left the Mast-Foos Company in 1876.  Four years later, in 1880, he relocated to Cleveland, Ohio where he invented a new rendering tank for local butchers.  Sales of these tanks dropped when packinghouses started replacing butcher shops, causing Mr. Anderson to develop and manufacture fertilizer dryers.  His first assembly operation was a "home" industry, located on West 54th Street.  In 1888, Mr. Anderson founded the V.D. Anderson Company.

In 1893, encouraged by his prospering business, Mr. Anderson built a small manufacturing plant.  He purchased a tract of land on West 96th street near Madison Avenue.  It was the first manufacturing plant built west of downtown Cleveland.

Expeller Press Invention

In 1876, at the Chicago Centennial Exposition, Mr. Anderson observed a printing press printing on a continuous web of paper, rather than one sheet at a time.  Mr. Anderson then conceived the idea that there should be a continuous means of extracting oil from oleaginous seeds and nuts.  Success came in 1900, when Mr. Anderson produced the first successful continuously operated Expeller press.

Even though he invented this press for what we now call the Vegetable Oil Industry, it was his friends in the butcher shop/packinghouse industry who first used this continuous press to remove fat from animal by-products. 



Now known as Anderson International Corp, our achievements and longevity have earned us worldwide recognition.  The Expeller, invented by Valerius D. Anderson over 100 years ago, has become commonplace in the Vegetable Oil, Rendering, and Synthetic Rubber Industries. 

Anderson has manufactured and sold machines processing oilseeds, meat by-products, synthetic rubber and animal feeds to industries in over 90 countries.

Anderson International Corp's process knowledge and continued improvements in technology and design assure that our customers will continue relying on our goods, our services and our technology in the years to come.

A mini Anderson Expeller on the road, demonstrating seed crop oil extraction, circa 1930s

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