MICO, Inc.

MICO, Inc.

MICO designs and manufactures hydraulic components, controls and brake systems for Off-Highway machines. We are a solution-minded company capable of developing a concept, creating the design and manufacturing a quality product. Cross-functional product development teams strive to quickly create new designs and working prototypes that meet or exceed our customers` expectations. Our modern manufacturing operations use the latest computer-aided machinery. We take pride in our continuous improvement environment where cross-functional process development teams use APQP, PPAP and other quality assurance processes to ensure that we provide our customers with a highly reliable product. We are driven to produce high quality products on schedule - each and every time.

Company details

1911 Lee Boulevard , North Mankato , Minnesota 56003-2507 USA
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Manufacturing, Other
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
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Since 1946 MICO has steadily become a global supplier to customers who demand the best. We respect our customers and look forward to building on new and long term relationships.

Engineering Expertise

MICO Engineers are skilled in the design and application of brake systems and components. Our engineering department uses state-of-the-art design tools and equipment.

Quality Products

A skilled and reliable workforce, modern machinery, quality materials, and dependable suppliers all contribute to producing a quality MICO product. We plan for quality throughout our operations and are continuously improving procedures, processes, and services.

Customer Satisfaction

MICO has earned a reputation as a reliable supplier by responding quickly to the needs of our customers. A strong communications network consisting of product application engineers, account managers and customer service specialists are ready to serve our customers when they call.

Career Opportunities

MICO is a completely integrated design, manufacturing, and sales operation committed to keeping pace with technology. Visit our Career Opportunities section for detailed information on current openings and benefits.


1946 - Minnesota Automotive, a division of A. T. Hansord of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is incorporated. Their offices are located in Minneapolis and they own the patent rights to a two-stage hydraulic power brake cylinder. G. J. 'Mac' McGrath starts working as District Sales Manager.

1947 - Minnesota Automotive, Inc. acquires all stock from the Mankato Industrial Company (MICO) located in Mankato, Minnesota. The Mankato Industrial Company manufactured machined parts, many of which had been used by the military during World War II.

1949 - Minnesota Automotive, Inc. dissolves the Mankato Industrial Company operating both the Minneapolis and Mankato facilities under the corporate name Minnesota Automotive, Inc. with MICO as the brand name.


1950 - The Minnesota Automotive, Inc. facility was moved to Mankato and consolidated with the Mankato operation. G. J. McGrath becomes Sales Manager. 'MICO' is trademarked.

1952 - Hansord estate sells Minnesota Automotive, Inc. to G. J. McGrath and others.


1960 - G. J. McGrath becomes sole owner of Minnesota Automotive, Inc.

1965 - The Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers flood the Minnesota Automotive, Inc. facility in Mankato. Operations are quickly relocated in multiple locations throughout the Mankato and North Mankato areas. ALMICO, Inc. is founded in California to provide faster and better service for Minnesota Automotive, Inc. West Coast accounts. The facility will serve as the West Coast warehouse and assembly plant.


1974 - The entire Minnesota Automotive, Inc. operation is brought together under one roof in North Mankato. General Finishing building is remodeled and an addition is completed to make room for the entire Minnesota Automotive, Inc. staff. Minnesota Automotive, Inc. also acquires a licensing agreement to manufacture and sell a number of full power braking components from Bendix Corporation.


1980 - Minnesota Automotive, Inc. builds a 21,600 square foot manufacturing addition.

1982 - Minnesota Automotive, Inc. changes its name to MICO, Inc.

1985 - MICO, Inc. announces the acquisition of Sy-Tec, Inc. a manufacturer of mobile and industrial multiple disc brakes, clutches, and associated products. MICO West (ALMICO, Inc.) moves to a new and much larger facility in Ontario, CA.

1986 - MICO, Inc. creates a joint venture with Australian Brake Controls, to distribute MICO products and services in Australia.


1990 - MICO, Inc. expands production facilities in North Mankato.

1997 - MICO, Inc. sells its interest in Australian Brake Controls (ABC). MICO, Inc. creates a joint venture in South Africa as MICO SA, to distribute MICO products and services in South Africa. North Mankato facility achieves initial ISO 9001 certification.


2002 - G. J. McGrath steps down as President of MICO, Inc. but continues to serve as Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

2003 - MICO, Inc. announces complete electrohydraulic braking package.

2006 - MICO, Inc. opens a new manufacturing plant in Empalme, Sonora, Mexico.

2009 - North Mankato facility achieves initial ISO 14001 certification.


2011 - MICO, Inc. opens a new facility in Shakopee, Minnesota dedicated to electrohydraulic development.

2012 - MICO, Inc. launches the MICO MOBEUS® (Mobile On Board Energy Utilization System) family of electrohydraulic brake components. MICO implements new brand identity.

2016 - MICO celebrates their 70th Anniversary. WABCO Acquires MICO; emerging as first and only supplier of complete pneumatic and hydraulic brake control systems for off-highway vehicles worldwide.

2017 -Today, MICO continues to practice Engineering Excellence