Custom metal forming solutions since 1945

Established in 1945, our long history of innovation in the industry - from metal forming techniques and custom equipment to our design and engineering process - has helped us achieve a level of financial stability and a global reputation as a technology-driven company.

While some manufacturers talk about innovation, we have the track record to back it up.

1940's
1948
Invented the oven door window assembly
1950's
1957
First to bring the "visor" oven door handle with formed ends
1959
First to bring the "towel bar" handle to the major appliance industry with die cast end caps
1960's
1964
First to bring the "eye-level glass" oven door to the appliance industry
1967
Vertically integrated into glass tempering to support the production
of oven door windows and eye-level oven doors
1968
Revamped logistical challenges  – opened a new manufacturing plant in Bramalae, Ontario, Canada for Canadian appliance manufacturers
1970's
1970
First to bring the all glass front oven door with stainless frame
1972
First to bring the oven window for self-cleaning ovens without a metal shield (utilizing borosilicate glass)
1975
First to bring the stainless steel oven door frame with vent slots to cool outside surface of glass doors
1980's
1982
Revamped logistical challenges - opened a new manufacturing plant in Clarksville, Tennessee
1982
Vertically integrated into horizontal glass tempering to support the production of oven doors, oven windows and refrigerator glass shelving
1985
First to successfully promote double coated Low-E glass as a replacement for borosilicate, achieving large cost savings
1985
First to satisfy industry needs by achieving 500-hour salt spray using powder paint
1986
First to successfully paint and temper all glass oven door fronts in white using low iron glass
1989
Revamped logistical challenges - relocating to a new manufacturing plant
in Athens, Tennessee from Michigan
1990's
1992
First to successfully roll form and powder coat automotive luggage shade cassettes
1996
First component manufacturer to bring tubular hydroformed handles to the appliance industry
1997
First to bring brushed stainless steel, hydroformed handles to the appliance industry
1998
Revamped logistical challenges - opened a new manufacturing plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
1998
Received ISO 9000 certification for the Athens and Mills de Mexico facilities
2000's
2005
Mills de Mexico began polishing stainless steel handles for the appliance market
2009
First to bring tubular stamping to high volume handle component manufacturing
2011
Currently working on new mounting systems to provide customers with additional options for mounting methods

GUIDE TO HYDROFORMING

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Intro to Tube Stamping

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