Akron Tool & Die Co. Celebrates 75th Year of Providing Precision Machining

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Akron Tool & Die was established in 1941 to provide precision machinery components to the rubber industry and has experienced continuous growth for over seven decades.

Robert Magee, standing, along with Fred Jones, and George Foerstner, established Akron Tool & Die Co. in 1941. Magee purchased the company from his partners in 1965.

Akron Tool & Die Co., a leader in the manufacture of custom components for a wide range of extrusion types, including plastics, food products, catalysts, and specialty items, is celebrating 75 years of providing engineering, customized tooling, and precision machining to its customers.

Robert Magee, Fred Jones, and George Foerstner established Akron Tool & Die Co. in 1941 to provide precision machinery components to the rubber industry. During the 1960s, the company expanded to serve the rapidly growing plastics industry, supplying original equipment manufacturers with extrusion dies, adapters, feed pipes, and related components for polymer processing machines. Robert Magee eventually purchased the company from his two partners in 1965. His son, Michael, became president of the company during the 1990’s and is the current owner.

The company has conducted business from the same location on Miller Avenue in Akron, Ohio since its inception. The plant has been expanded a number of times and currently contains 15,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space. Capital improvements in the way of new equipment and technology have been consistent over the years and have allowed Akron Tool & Die Co. to consistently expand its capabilities and products.

During the 1990’s, the company developed a line of proprietary extrusion dies in response to new opportunities in the thermo-plastics industry. That line of products has continued to expand over the past twenty years. “We have continued to develop our extrusion die offerings and have introduced modified die geometries and concepts for other extruded products such as thermo-plastics, specialty food items, and rubber products,” said owner Michael Magee.

Akron Tool & Die Co. selected Akron, Ohio as its headquarters based on its proximity to a growing manufacturing base in the Midwest, and because it was then known as “the rubber capital” of the world. It was a perfect fit for a trio of young entrepreneurs looking for an opportunity to establish a machine shop. During its long history, Akron Tool & Die Co. has given back to the community by supporting non-profit and charitable organizations both through volunteering and donations. In addition, Akron Tool & Die provides research assistance and insights to current manufacturing to local high schools, colleges and universities.

Akron Tool & Die Co. will celebrate its 75th year of business with a focus on value added services including engineering and design, while continuing to provide OEM components to the extrusion industry. “Our precision machining offerings are focused on delivering custom solutions for uncommon extrusion challenges to a variety of industries including plastics, food products, catalysts, and more,” said Michael Magee. “We use the latest CNC Milling, Turning and Wire EDM technology to achieve tight tolerances and durable surfaces in the manufacture of extrusion dies, barrels, feedblocks, adapters and related products. And that will continue to be our focus, while adapting to the needs of our customers.”

Looking back on its 75-year history, Michael Magee is humbled by how far Akron Tool & Die Co. has come. “This was a little company that has grown into an efficient, state-of-the-art, leader in precision machining for the extrusion industry! It is an accomplishment that we owe to the hard work of the many employees who have worked here over the years, as well as our dedicated customers.”

ABOUT AKRON TOOL & DIE CO.
Akron Tool & Die is a custom manufacturer of components used in a wide range of industries, including plastics, food products, and specialty items. The latest CNC Milling, Turning and Wire EDM technology is used to achieve tight tolerances and durable surfaces in the manufacture of extrusion dies, barrels, barrel liners, rolls, feedblocks, adapters, feedpipes, screws, castings, feed throats, quick clamps, and related products. Akron Tool & Die offers custom-designed dies per customer specification as well as a proprietary line of strip dies, pellet dies, and blown film dies developed by its own engineers for a variety of extruded products such as thermo-plastics, specialty food items, and rubber products.

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