John M. Beattie

John M. Beattie
  • BS Mechanical Engineering 1963

 John M. Beattie earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1963.  Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, John attended Central Michigan University for a year.  After graduation from Michigan Tech, John’s initial employment was with the Louis Allis Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was a design engineer on a variety of commercial, military and NASA space projects.  His expertise was in ball bearing technology and V-belt technology. In 1968 he joined the Toro Company in Bloomington, Minnesota as a project engineer for the Riding Greensmower 3 and Groundsmaster 322.  In 1972 he was promoted to Director of Manufacturing and Engineering of the Turf Products Division.  He was instrumental in the development of the Sandpro, Greensmaster 1000, and Hydroject machines.  In 1974 he also took over the responsibilities of Vice President of Operations of the Raincat Irrigation Division for Toro in Evans, Colorado.  He left Toro in 1976 to head his own company, Hyland Pet Products in Greeley, Colorado, where he also was doing contract manufacturing at that time.  In 1986 he took over as Vice President of Operations at Byco Manufacturing in Greeley, Colorado.  He started another company, Concept Engineering Corporation of Greeley, Colorado in 1986 where he specialized in consulting, new product development, and as an expert witness in product liability litigation. 

While at Concept Engineering a golf course mechanic approached John to build a service lift for mowers and turf equipment.  John’s market research demonstrated that there was a substantial potential in this area of turf management, and in 1991 he established Trion Lifts, Inc. John is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trion Lifts, Inc. He was the designer and lead engineer in the development of the Trion workstation as well as Trion’s DL 1300 Mobile Lift Table, the revolutionary Reel Conditioner and an expanding line of maintenance tools for productive turf equipment service. Trion’s current product line includes lifts and work stations.  Trion products are distributed worldwide and are found on every continent but Africa.

John is either the inventor or the co-inventor on fifteen patents.  He is active as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Greeley Colorado and is the leader of various bible studies.  He is a past board member of Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley.  His hobbies include skiing, sailing, house remodeling, and designing on the backs of placemats and napkins.

On July 25, 1964, John Married Marilyn Cramer.  They have one son, Scott.  Scott attended the Michigan Tech Summer Youth Program in 1986 but went on to earn his PhD in Statistics at Penn Sate.