Our company’s roots date back to the late 50’s with James A. Boothe working at a Ford Motor Company foundry in Windsor, Ontario.
Through years of frustration with having to replace long radius sweep bends on the plants sand convey lines, “Jim” as his friends and coworkers knew him replaced the plants long radius elbows with an elbow he created from a pipe tee. Jim’s new elbows were a great success and far outlasted the lifespan of the previous elbows at the plant.
In late 2008 Cameron’s oldest son James D. Boothe named after his grandfather decided to follow in his father’s footsteps as well. James began working for JDB Dense Flow under his father after pursuing a degree in Business, and working for a large corporate staffing firm for several years. He hopes to mesh the skills he learned in the pursuit of his degree and corporate world, with those obtained from both his father and grandfather.
He continued to tinker with his design and eventually came up with the first pocket style cast elbow where material collects in the elbows “pocket” and protects it from the material being conveyed. From the creation of the first pocket elbow Boothe Engineering was born in 1956, and the pocket elbow started making its way into several foundries surrounding Lake Ontario. In the mid to late 50’s there were some forms of Dense Phase Conveying present; a slurry style of dense phase conveying where materials were mixed with water and then conveyed, and semi dense systems that used compressed air at a relative low regulated pressure. Shortly after Boothe Engineering was formed Jim began to develop his own style of Dense Phase Conveying that conveyed a dry slug using higher pressures and lower volumes of air, and in 1957 Boothe Industries sold their first Dense Phase system to Massey Ferguson. Boothe Engineering went on to sell Dense Phase systems and components for more than 25 years before the company was eventually sold to a large bulk material handling manufacturer in 1983.
Before the sale of Boothe Engineering Cameron D. Boothe worked for 7 years as an apprentice to his father at Boothe Engineering. Cameron went to work for the large bulk material handling company Boothe Engineering was sold too, but only for a short while. Cameron quickly realized his own potential in the industry and began to develop more modern methods of Dense Phase Conveying, as well as the development of several new Dense Phase components. Cameron created JDB Dense Flow Inc. in October of 1985 in pursuit of advancing the Dense Phase conveying industry. Cameron was able to develop a more advanced air delivery system for Dense Phase conveying, that closely monitors pressures and adds air only when necessary. He also redesigned his father’s original cone valve to be more effective and reliable. Cameron has continued to keep JDB Dense Flow at the forefront of the industry, and is in constant pursuit of new technologies and designs.