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For public works professionals and others involved in cleaning and maintaining sewers and catch basins, Vactor is the first name in sewer cleaners, but we are much more than that. For more than 100 years, Vactor Manufacturing has provided customers around the world with a wide range of material handling equipment. Originally founded in Chicago in 1911 as the Myers-Sherman Company, a manufacturer of pneumatic farm equipment, Vactor Manufacturing has evolved to become the industry leader in sewer cleaners and catch basin cleaners, jetters, industrial vacuum loaders and vacuum excavation equipment featuring innovative technology and custom-configurable designs.

With one of the largest and most developed distributor networks in the sewer cleaning industry, Vactor Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation – and part of its Environmental Solutions Group – has more than 50 North American distributors in 100 locations to serve the municipal market, and eight factory-direct locations for industrial customers. Vactor is located on 20 acres with 245,000 square feet of manufacturing space under one roof in Streator, Illinois and is ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified.

A History of Innovation
Our history began with the design and manufacture of products such as milking machines, feed blenders and mixers, and grain storage and conveying systems. The pneumatic conveying systems in these original products provided the impetus for our success as a global leader in the manufacture of sewer cleaners.

Combination Sewer Cleaner
The Vactor 2100 Series combination sewer cleaner was first introduced in late 1989 and has been continuously improved since then. This series of sewer cleaning trucks features the ModulFlex Design that allows every customer to build a machine engineered to his specifications, on the chassis of his choice

Vacuum Excavation
Vactor Manufacturing also produces vacuum excavators, including the full-sized Vactor HXX hydro-excavator and the compact Vactor HXX Prodigy vacuum excavator. Vacuum excavation uses similar technology to that used in sewer line cleaners and catch basin cleaners – high-pressure water and vacuum – as a non-destructive digging medium for a variety of utility and municipal excavation applications, including slot trenching, potholing, water valve box repair and locating of existing fiber-optic lines, cables and other utilities.

Community and Environmental Commitment
Vactor Manufacturing has created a legacy of sound financial performance, employee empowerment, customer-driven innovation and social responsibility that includes a commitment to the community and the environment.

Historical Path
  • 1911: The Myers-Sherman Company, a manufacturer of pneumatic farm equipment, was founded in Chicago.
  • 1930s: Myers-Sherman moved its operations from Chicago to the community of Streator, Illinois.
  • 1960s: The company began to design and manufacture a line of sewer cleaners and catch basin cleaners for the municipal market to clear clogged sewer lines and catch basins.
  • 1969: Myers-Sherman engineered the first combination sewer cleaner featuring water jetting and vacuuming. That same year, the company introduced the Vactor Jet Rodder™ water pump, the first pump designed specifically for sewer cleaning.
  • 1979: Myers-Sherman was purchased by Peabody International.
  • 1985: The Pullman Company purchased Peabody International. The company name then changed to Peabody Myers. By this point, the company exited the agricultural business to focus on the growing sewer cleaning market.
  • 1989: The company introduced the popular Vactor 2100 Series combination sewer cleaner, which has become the industry standard for the municipal market. To date, the company has sold more than 13,000 sewer cleaners.
  • 1994: The Pullman Company sold to Forstmann, Little & Co., a leveraged-buyout firm, that sold Peabody Myers to Federal Signal Corporation. Upon purchase, Peabody Myers was renamed Vactor Manufacturing.
  • 1999: The Vactor HXX hydro excavator was introduced as a purpose-built hydro excavator.
  • 2000: Federal Signal consolidated the manufacturing of its Guzzler brand of industrial vacuum loaders into the Vactor location in Streator to take advantage of the product synergies and manufacturing economies. Popular Guzzler products include the Guzzler CL and NX.
  • 2004: The first Vactor HXX PD was built launching expanded capabilities to the vacuum excavation market.
  • 2009: The Vactor 2100 Plus Combination Sewer Cleaner was introduced to offer the latest technologies available in a sewer cleaner.