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Machinery Corp. was founded in 1956 as "Associated Design Service" by Carl H. Minton, John E. Marsh, and Russell E. Northrup.  The company's first location was in a  four-car garage in Warren, Ohio.  Initially there were four draftsmen using homemade drawing boards.  



The first contract engineering work performed was the designing of tube mill equipment for Aetna Standard Engineering and Foundry in Elwood City, Pennsylvania.
Later,
provided extensive engineering services for Aetna in their flat-rolled metal processing lines.  Other early customers included Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Struthers Wells, Westinghouse, Youngstown foundry, Patterson-Emerson-Comstock, Production Machinery, and Republic Steel.

began building machinery within two years following the company's inception.  The manufacturing work was done by local machinery builders under contract from Much of the early equipment manufactured was for the processing of silicon steel for motors, transformers, and other electrical devices.  Customers for these products included Standard Transformer, Allis Chalmers, and Allegheny Lundlum.  also built some periphery equipment for an Olin Brass rolling mill.


Equipment manufactured by Associated Design Service was identified by the letters
in a cast metal nameplate on each machine.  Customers soon began to refer to the company as ADS.  When Associated Design Service was incorporated in 1961, continuity of image required that the new name retain the letters , thus giving rise to the current name of Machinery Corp.

Russ Northrup died in 1971 and the corporation purchased his share of the stock.

In 1974, the company purchased the present building on Vine Avenue in Warren, Ohio from the Herr-Voss Division of the Salem Corporation.  At this time
facilities included 12,000 square feet of engineering and administrative office space and 14,500 square feet of manufacturing area.

In 1975 John Marsh retired and the corporation purchased his stock.  Carl Minton then became the President and sole stockholder of
Machinery Corp.

Early in the 1980's the metal industry in the United States fell into a severe recession due to imports.  Metal producers suffered heavy losses and many plants were closed.  Consequently, the domestic market for heavy machinery went into a serious decline.  During this period
expanded into the world market.  Although we had previously exported equipment to Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico,  the Soviet Union, and Venezuela, most of our business came from the United States market.  During the early 1980's expanded its presence in the Pacific Rim.  We now have nine metal processing lines operating in China, two in Korea, and two in Taiwan, as well as a major installation in Malaysia and another in the Philippines.  A pickle line was also delivered to Pakistan during this period.

In 1988
moved into computer-aided-design (CAD) by purchasing four CAD stations.  This has grown to over 30 CAD stations today with more than 30 additional computer stations dedicated to administrative, sales, and purchasing functions.  We use the most recent software for drafting, finite analysis, and solids modeling.

In 1990
expanded its facility by adding 10,000 square feet of high bay manufacturing space with heavy cranes.

received the ISO 9001 quality certification in 1995.  Although this required extensive time and effort by our employees, we do not consider certification to be an end.  It is considered to be a beginning, or a foundation, that will enable us to better serve the needs of our customers.  The implementation and continuous improvement of our quality program will help us to increase productivity and efficiency from the boardroom to the shop floor.

In 1996 the company expanded its facility for the third time, adding 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space. 

In June of 1998, Dale Minton was appointed President of
and Carl Minton retained his position of CEO.

Today the principal function of
is the design and manufacture of equipment to process flat rolled metal sheet and strip in coil form.  Some equipment is also produced for the processing and heat treatment of flat metal plate.  will build a single machine or a complete line to customer specifications.  For sheet and strip processing we furnish lines for cleaning, annealing, pickling, tension leveling, coating (organic and inorganic), galvanizing, electroplating (tin, chrome, nickel, and zinc), coil build-up, and slitting.

In addition to our machinery business,
also provides subcontract engineering, consulting, machining, and machine building services.  We are also extremely proficient in refurbishing and modernizing existing equipment.  With a total of 46,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 20,000 square feet of office and engineering area, we are staffed and equipped to produce over $50 million in machinery annually.

The mission of everyone at
is to design and manufacture world-class equipment to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers.  Our vision is to achieve this mission by providing superior quality machinery at competitive prices through innovative thinking and efficient operation.


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