In 1874 National Machinery began with a workforce of just ten. In 2019, the company celebrates its 145th anniversary and has grown to include sales offices, manufacturing facilities, and service centres in 16 different countries worldwide.
National Machinery LLC has evolved from producing world renowned bolt and nut makers to manufacturing cutting-edge metal forming machinery, technology, and services – supported by holding nearly 800 patents in 18 countries.
The company celebrated this milestone with two Open House events, one at the headquarters and main manufacturing facility in Tiffin, Ohio, USA, and another at its sales and service centre in Nürnberg, Germany. Both events hosted global customers and business partners, providing them with a tour of National’s world-class facilities, including allowing access to the company’s never before toured research and development department.
Tours included demonstrations of FORMAX® cold forming technology and SMART Machinery thread rolling and pointing technology. Open House guests were also offered the opportunity to attend up to ten different educational seminars covering topics ranging from Industry 4.0; new FORMAX technology; secondary operations such as threading, cleaning, and inspection; along with proactive maintenance and rebuilding.
To ensure that each visitor’s time was well spent, in between tours and seminars, guests could review National Machinery’s products and affiliate product booths in a trade show environment, held on-site.
Various entertainment activities also took place, including 40 classic cars on display in Tiffin, and a celebratory beer garden in Nürnberg. The event concluded with a company wide luncheon held in the front lawn of the Tiffin facility. National employees, business partners, and suppliers enjoyed a commemorative lunch and speeches by Tiffin city mayor, Aaron Montz, neighboring Heidelberg university president, Rob Huntington, and fourth generation president and CEO of National Machinery, Andrew Kalnow.
Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.
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