145 years of providing innovative metal forming solutions
By NICHOLE SCHALK-TIELL
2019 marks the 145 year of business for National Machinery, a global leader in advanced cold and warm forming machinery, process technology and customer support products and
services. Back in 1874 National Machinery started out with a workforce of 10. National has since grown to include sales offices, manufacturing facilities and service centers in 16
different countries. National has also evolved from producing world renowned bolt and nut makers to manufacturing some of the most cutting-edge metal forming machinery, technology and services available on the market, which is supported by holding nearly 800 patents in 18 countries.
National Machinery honored this achievement with two open house events, one at the headquarters and main manufacturing facility in Tiffin and another at the sales and service center 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 National Machinery’s never-before toured research and development department. Tours were accented with demonstrations of FORMAX cold forming technology and SMART Machinery thread rolling and pointing technology. Open house guests were offered the opportunity to attend up to 10 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 products and affiliate product booths in a trade-show environment
held on-site. Guests were also impressed by various entertainment activities that took place, including 40 classic cars on display in Tiffin, and a celebratory beer garden in Nϋrnberg. The event concluded with a companywide 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.
Nichole Schalk-Tiell is senior marketing specialist for National Machinery.