Our Early History

In 1929, G.T. Michelli, Sr. began his career with Burroughs Corporation, working as a service technician trainee servicing their line of adding machines, cash registers and bank calculating machines. Later in 1937, he joined the sales department. In 1942, G.T. Michelli, Sr. resigned from Burroughs Corporation. He formed the By-Pel Equipment Company working out of a rented 600 sqft building on Palmyra Street in New Orleans, LA. He became a manufacturer’s representative for McKaskey Registers which at the time was a complete unknown product in his territory. Looking to diversify, he added material handling and food processing equipment he could sell to his existing customers and grow his customer base. The Exact Weight Corporation was his first scale product line.

G.T. Michelli Company Milestones

  • 1947 - G.T. Michelli Company was founded by G.T. Michelli, Sr. The scale business had grown so well that a decision was made to form a new company and name it after himself. He and his wife were the sole employees. Mrs. Michelli was the bookkeeper and Mr. Michelli sold and serviced the equipment. Gradually the scale business outpaced the material handling business.
  • 1951 – G.T. Michelli, Jr. began working with his father in high school and continued during college.
  • 1956 – Purchased and moved into the first building with 2,600 sqft at 526 Metairie Rd in Metairie, LA.
  • 1957 – G.T. Michelli, Jr. joins the company full-time primarily servicing scales and material handling equipment.
  • 1961 - G.T. Michelli Company was Incorporated.
  • 1972 – Built a new 42,000 sqft multi-unit warehouse/office facility on Barron Street in Metairie, LA. The company occupied 9,000 sqft.
  • 1980 - G.T. Michelli, Jr. purchases the company from his father.
  • 1981 - G.T. Michelli Co., Inc. becomes a local Toledo Scale Distributor.
  • 1982 - Opened the first branch office in Mobile, AL. Later came the acquisition of three (3) Toledo Scale direct service offices and became the Toledo Scale Distributor for Louisiana and lower Arkansas. The offices are located in Shreveport and Monroe, LA and Texarkana, AR.
  • 1983 - Opened an office in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 1984 - Opened an office in Jackson, MS.
  • 1991 - Corporate Headquarters moves into a 20,000 sqft facility in Harahan, LA.
  • 1992 - Opened an office in Lake Charles, LA.
  • 1994 – Purchased the first Heavy Duty Test Truck with Test Cart.
  • 1997 – Acquisition of Quality Scale Company in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 1998 – Revenues surpassed $10 million dollars for the first time. 
  • 1998 - Acquisition of Elliot Scale Company in Monroe, LA.
  • 2000 - Attains ISO9002:1994 Registration.
  • 2001 - G.T. Michelli Co., Inc. is featured in the International Society of Weighing & Measurement Magazine February 2001 issue.
  • 2001 - Acquisition of AABBOTT Scale Company in Houston, TX. The company is renamed AABBOTT-Michelli Technologies, Inc.
  • 2003 - Upgrade to ISO9001:2000 Registration.
  • 2006 - Nominated for CityBusiness 2006 Innovator of the Year Award. The company was featured in the CityBusiness Magazine June 2006 issue. Article
  • 2008 – A scene for the movie “The Final Destination 4” was filmed at the corporate office in Harahan. The warehouse area and rear of the building created the setting for Grand State Customs, a custom auto body shop.
  • 2010 - Ugrade to ISO9001:2008 Registration
  • 2010 - Opened an office in Olive Branch, MS (greater Memphis, TN area)
  • 2011 - Opened (3) new offices: Alexander, AR (greater Little Rock, AR area), Caraway, AR (greater Jonesboro, AR area) and Springdale, AR
  • 2012 - New Ownership group (G.T. Michelli, Jr - Chairman; Joel McMullen – President/CEO; David Barnett - Vice President; Bobby McDill - Secretary)
  • 2012 - Opened new office in Alabaster, AL (greater Birmingham, AL area)
  • 2014 - Calibration Laboratory opens in Harahan, LA. The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) grants ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation in the Field of Calibration for Scales, Balances, Torque, Force, Pressure, Mass and Electronics. The A2LA Accreditation assures G.T. Michelli Co., Inc. customers that calibration of their devices will meet /or exceed the precision requirements set forth by ISO/IEC 17025 standards.
  • 2014 - Acquisition of Avery Weigh-Tronix, LLC  (West Coast direct operations only) with eight (8) offices in the Western U.S.  The locations are in the states of CA, AZ, WA, OR and NV.  These offices are known as Michelli Measurement Group Inc.
  • 2015 – Recertification to ISO9001:2008 Registration (certificate# C2015-01399)
  • 2016 – Renewal of ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation thru A2LA. (certificate# 3601.01)
  • 2016 – Three (3) additional offices achieve ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation thru A2LA.  Baton Rouge, LA (certificate# 3601.03), Bossier City, LA (certificate# 3601.02) and Pearl, MS (certificate# 3601.04).
  • 2016 -  Opened new office in Scott, LA.
  • 2017 - Acquisition of Southern Scales & Controls, Inc. in Metairie, LA.

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