Vincent Corporation is dedicated to:
Advancing the technology
Making enough money to carry us through the bad times
In the Fall of 1931 Dan B. Vincent placed in operation the first dryer used to produce dairy feed from citrus peel. This began a series of successful feedmilling systems. In 1936 a patent was issued to him for a dryer particularly adapted for the process, the first of more than twenty machinery and processing patents to issue over the next forty years. The business was incorporated as Dan B. Vincent, Inc. in 1946. It was active in domestic and international markets in the design, manufacture and installation of citrus processing plants for animal feed and pectin peel. The firm was also active in the field of fish processing and conversion of forage crops and sugar cane bagasse. As a refinement of these processes, the Company developed a superior screw dewatering press, first patented in 1961. In February, 1968 Dan Vincent entered into a contract to transfer ownership of the firm to the Rietz Company in Santa Rosa, California. Rietz was very successful in selling presses to the wine industry in California and international markets. However, they encountered financial difficulties in the 1970-1972 recession, and Vincent Corporation of Tampa resumed operations. In 2007 Vincent Corporation ceased to offer rotary drum dryers. This carry-over from the company’s origin was discontinued with much regret. Today we are focused on our key product line, screw presses. Throughout all these years the Company has been Tampa based, with all engineering and manufacturing taking place at progressively larger factories in the Ybor City area. Today the Company continues as a family-owned business.
The main product manufactured by Vincent Corporation is current versions of the dewatering screw press originally developed by Dan B. Vincent in 1951. Until that time the company had acted as a dealer, selling the famous Zenith press, a vertical unit manufactured by Jackson Church. Today the horizontal Vincent presses sell for between $17,000 and $600,000 each, and about one hundred are sold per year. In 1999 the Fiber Filter was released for sale. This is an innovative filtration machine using fabric sleeves. The original development was aimed at either thickening flows ahead of a screw press or filtering the flow of press liquor from a screw press. Broader markets are being found for the machine because of its unique combination of fine filtration and high throughput flow. In 1994 a new series of presses were designed and built: the CP-4 through CP-12. CP originally stood for Cheap Press; this was changed to the politically correct Compact Press. These presses are more economical to produce than the older Series VP, but feature the same durability and conservative service factors. They feature all-stainless steel construction and screens made of profile bar. In 1996, the Series KP presses were introduced. Featuring even greater economy of design, they retain robust stainless steel construction. Five sizes are available: 6″, 10″, 16″, 24′ and 30″, with over 500 machines having been built. They have found acceptance for thickening ahead of other presses, manure, plastics recycling sludge, and food and produce waste. The larger machines have proven ideal for sweet corn canneries. In 1999 the Series TSP Twin Screw presses were introduced. These have the best feeding characteristics of all Vincent screw press designs. Other Vincent products include shredders and gravity dewatering screens. This equipment is used in conjunction with screw presses.