Vactor Manufacturing, Inc.

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.

Company details

1621 S. Illinois Street , Streator , Illinois 61364 USA

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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater - Sewer Cleaning
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

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.

THE PROVEN LEADER IN SEWER CLEANING – Clean well maintained sewer lines, catch basin and storm sewers are essential to the welfare of communities and the clean water they rely on. For nearly 50 years, Vactor Manufacturing® has been the leader in building combination sewer cleaners with technological innovation and custom configurable design.

THE PROVEN LEADER IN VACUUM EXCAVATION: Applying Vactor’s innovation and expertise in pneumatics and high pressure water to meet the growing needs for safe and productive non-destructive excavation.  Effectively and efficiently meeting these needs has led Vactor to become the leader in supplying contractors and municipalities with the leading line of Vacuum Excavators for utilities, oil and gas, telecommunication, and water systems.

Nearly 14,000 units have been sold worldwide, far more than any other sewer cleaner or full size vacuum excavation manufacturer. A Proven Leader. Work Assured with a Vactor.

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.