The Early Years
Hardinge Brothers, Inc. was formed by Henry and Franklin Hardinge in Chicago, Illinois.
The company produced several types of watchmaker’s tools that Franklin had designed.
Franklin acquired the rights to the “cataract” range of precision bench lathes, formerly produced by the Cataract Tool and Bicycle Company.
A New Beginning
Business partners Douglas Anderson, an accountant, and Leigh Evans, a mechanical engineer, purchased Morrison Machine Products and eventually Hardinge Brothers, Inc.
Hardinge Brothers Inc. moved from Chicago, Illinois to Elmira, New York and operated alongside the Morrison business.
Growth & Expansion
Morrison incorporated their entire business of collets, feed fingers, and form tools under the name Hardinge Brothers Inc.
Hardinge Tools Ltd. in England was established Canadian Hardinge Machine Tools Ltd. was established in Stratford, Ontario.
Hardinge Brothers Inc. introduced their first Computerized Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines.
The first Hardinge machine was sold in China.
Hardinge GmbH, a sales and service organization, was established in Germany.
A Global Brand
Hardinge Brothers Inc. changes its name to Hardinge Inc. and completes a public offering of its stock to become registered on NASDAQ.
Hardinge acquires Bridgeport, L. Kellenberger & Co. AG, Hauser, Tripet and Tschudin AG.
Hardinge Shanghai Co. Ltd. was established.
Hardinge Taiwan Precision Machinery was established as a greenfield manufacturing operation.
A Machine Tool Leader
Hardinge acquires Jones and Shipman, USACH Technologies, Voumard and Forkardt Workholding.
Hardinge Precision Machinery Company, Ltd., is established and construction is completed on a manufacturing facility over 223,000 sq. ft. in Jiaxing, China.
With its vast product portfolio, Hardinge establishes itself as a world leader in metal cutting technology solutions and accessories.
2010’s - present
2021 – Hardinge acquires Ohio Tool Works, enhancing Hardinge’s machine tool and workholding portfolio with an attractive platform of high precision honing machines, tooling and abrasives.
– Hardinge acquired Weisser, enhancing Hardinge’s Turning and Milling platform with an attractive portfolio of products and technologies.
2020 – Hardinge shifted the manufacturing of its milling and turning machining center solutions from the Hardinge Taiwan plant to its plant in Elmira, NY, USA.
2019 – Hardinge Inc. announced L. Kellenberger & Co. AG plan to build a new commercial HQ and manufacturing plant in Goldach to merge its Eastern Switzerland production facilities.
2018 – Privet Fund Management LLC completed the acquisition of Hardinge Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Privet acquired all shares of Hardinge common stock.
2013 – Hardinge Inc. acquired Forkardt. Forkardt’s brands include leading providers of high-precision, specialty and customized workholding devices for machine tools.
2012 – Hardinge Inc. acquired Usach Technologies, a privately owned U.S. company that develops and manufactures CNC grinding machines and grinding systems.