New Berlin WI – MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY – SPINCRAFT WI 100 YEARS!
On September 13, 2018 Standex Engineering Technologies Group (ETG) celebrated a significant milestone with its New Berlin WI plant marking 100 years of service! A full century of proven success utilizing metal spinning and forming to solve customers’ manufacturing challenges. The anniversary luncheon event was attended by 75 New Berlin employees, retirees and ETG management. Spincraft was honored to have New Berlin Mayor David Ament attend the festivities which included an outdoor cookout along with a display of historical Spincraft documents, advertisements, and artifacts. In honor of the occasion, Mayor Ament presented Spincraft with an official proclamation, declaring September 13, 2018 ‘Spincraft Day’ in the city of New Berlin. (image l>r: Len Paolillo, President Standex ETG; Mike Koszarek, Spincraft WI Machinist; David Ament, Mayor New Berlin; Sara Esser, GM Spincraft WI)
ETG President Len Paolillo addressed the group, and emphasized it is the employees that have allowed Spincraft WI to be a viable business and solution provider to their customers for a century. Their skills, effort, and team dedication to “always get the job done, and get it done right” is what allowed Spincraft WI to move forward in both good and challenging times, and what continues to enable the business to transform itself in preparation for a bright future. Machinist Mike Koszarek with an impressive 43-year career at Spincraft, also addressed the group sharing his experience in growth and innovative developments over the years. (photos below l>r: Len Paolillo,
Mayor David Ament reading Spincraft Proclamation, Mike Koszarek speaking to the group, employees enjoying anniversary luncheon)
The company started in 1918 as Milwaukee Metal Spinning Company, although it was better known as Spincraft. Located in Milwaukee, the plant originally produced consumer products including cookware and stemware, Christmas tree stands, pet food bowls, and even bug traps. These early successes helped lay the groundwork for the company to expand its engineering and manufacturing capabilities, eventually making itself known for its role in the development and growth of the overall US metal spinning industry. Theodore J. Salow Jr and his wife Klementine are credited for their early foresight into expanding metal spinning as a viable manufacturing process across many markets. (photos below: earlier Milwaukee Metal Spinning building, early Spincraft building, current Spincraft New Berlin factory on Commerce Street, ETG’s newest facility – the Spincraft New Berlin plant located on Beloit Road)
‘Firsts’ were not uncommon at Spincraft; Stainless Steel, Nickel, Magnesium and most of the modern hard alloys were first spun by Milwaukee Metal Spinning Company spinners. In the mid-late 1900’s Spincraft was heavily involved in the Defense and Energy markets. Fast forward to 2018, and ETG’s newest facility – a second WI plant in New Berlin – has been in operation for two years. This state-of-the-art plant features 100% flow-line manufacturing for thin-gauge aluminum forming primarily for the Aircraft / Aviation market. (photo below: group shot of New Berlin employees, retirees, and management following the Anniversary luncheon)
Spincraft was acquired in 1971 by Standex International Corporation and is now a part of the Standex Engineering Technologies Group (ETG). Additional Spincraft facilities are in Boston MA, and Newcastle UK. The final Group member, Enginetics, is based in Huber Heights, OH.
Standex International Corporation is a multi-industry manufacturer in five broad business segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics, and Hydraulics with operations in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, South Africa, India and China. For additional information, visit the Company’s website at http://standex.com/.