In 1962, the Macks brand was started up by Raymond Benner, an up-and-coming symphony orchestra musician who crossed paths with an elderly pharmacist who wanted to sell his earplug business. A deal was struck to purchase the company, McKeon Products, Inc. Their only product, Macks Earplugs (named after the previous owner) was made of a moldable clay mixture. Benner was happy with the earplugs, but believed they could be improved. He wanted to make the earplugs more comfortable to increase wearability. Also, being the avid swimmer he was, he thought a stickier, more malleable substance would better seal out water, thus preventing the annoyance of water-clogged ears. He knew a waterproof earplug would also help prevent the painful outer ear infections known as "swimmer's ear". The Macks line from McKeon Products now offers a full range of moldable and pre-molded silicone and foam earplugs for a variety of uses.