In 1935 Mario Maccaferri opened MASIM in Paris France. The company was established to manufacture reeds for clarinets and saxophones and quickly became an international success with distribution in the United States.
As fighting intensified during World War II, the Maccaferris and their infant daughter Eliane, departed Europe to establish a new business in America.
In 1939 the machines were shipped from Paris to New York and French American Reeds Manufacturing Company was born
In 2003 Eliane Maccaferri Reese moved the business to Jackson, Tennessee, where she continues to produce reeds and looks forward to new and exciting ways to market the Maccaferri reed.