8918 Herrmann Drive, Columbia, MD 21045 410-995-6971

About Us

Company History

AMES, Inc. is a second-generation manufacturer's representative. The company was established in 1957 under the name K.F. McQuilkin Company. In 1973, the name was changed to AMES, Inc. (Associated Mechanical Equipment Suppliers) and a second entity, MESSCO was formed as a service shop and warranty repair station, primarily to serve AMES, Inc. Within a couple years MESSCO expanded into a fabrication shop for electrical panels and water booster systems. In March 1988, MESSCO merged with AMES, Inc. trading as AMES/MESSCO to simplify bookkeeping procedures. In October of 1991, David & Frank McQuilkin purchased the business from Mac McQuilkin.


Our facility in Columbia, Maryland, is centrally located between the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington, DC. Sitting on 1-1/2 acres, our 11,500 sf building consists of 6,000 sf utilized for offices and 5,000 sf for shop and inventory storage. Our secure outside yard allows for storage of basins, septic tanks and other larger stock items.

AMES' Panel Shop is UL508 Certified
  • Custom Pump Control Panels
  • Custom Monitoring/Alarm Panels
  • Liquid Level Controls
  • Ultra-sonic Level Measurement Equipment