COMPANY HISTORY

1969

Campbell Grinder Company was incorporated in 1969 to succeed a proprietorship known as “Seaway Machinery,” which was owned by Hugh Campbell. He had a lifetime of experience in the design and construction of special machine tools, including 10 years as Chief Engineer for the Frauenthal Grinder Division of Kaydon Bearing in Muskegon, Michigan. He was responsible for the design and construction of all the grinding machines sold under the name of “Frauenthal.” These dependable machines are still in use in the bearing, aircraft and aerospace fields. Fifty year old (and older) Frauenthal models are still in demand in the used machinery market.

Hugh Campbell continued to design and build custom machinery independently as Seaway Machinery, after the Frauenthal Division was sold to Bullard in the early sixties. The accelerating demand for this type of equipment created the need for a larger organization and facility, and the Campbell Grinder Company was organized to meet that demand.

1969-1980

Campbell Grinder mostly produced machines for the bearing and turbine engine industries.

1980

Campbell makes its first CNC machine.

1982

First large optics generator produced – 6 meter diameter.

1986

Second large optics generator produced – 6 meter diameter.

1988

First continuous-dress creep-feed grinder produced.

1989

First high-speed super-abrasive grinder produced – Over 50 still in operation today.

1992

First multifunctional grinding center produced with tool and coolant nozzle changing – Capable of grinding, milling, turning and complete part measurement.

1996

First 5-axis simultaneous grinder produced – 50+ to date.

1998

The Campbell family retained ownership until 1998, when they sold the business to Charterhouse of New York.

2000

First 5-axis model with tool and nozzle changing produced.

2001

First non-contact (laser) used to measure blade tips – 20+ systems delivered.

2002

Unigraphics (now Siemens PLM) post-processor developed for all 5-axis grinding machines.

2003

Traveling column machine developed – Now the backbone for models 1000, 930 and 800.

2005

First non-contact (laser) system used to measure complex wheel geometry on the machine.

Charterhouse held the business until the fall of 2005, when Campbell Grinders’ three managing executives purchased the company.

2006

Tool and nozzle changers offered on our complete machine line.

First direct drive rotary table introduced – 1 to 150 RPM with 3 arc-seconds accuracy.

Campbell Grinder and other West Michigan tool and die companies with diverse capabilities, technologies, and resources create the Muskegon Tooling Alliance of West Michigan (MTA) in July. The tooling collaborative’s main purpose is to share member technologies in design, machining and equipment.

2007

First high-speed optics generator produced – Capable of contouring at 400 inches/min.

Campbell Grinder Company receives the “2007 Muskegon Area Environmental Excellence Award.”

2009

Campbell Grinder Company announces the formation of its new MicroTech Filtration Division. The new division concentrated on the development of three exclusive MicroTech product lines matched to the specific requirements of Campbell Grinder Applications.

2011

Glencoe Capital, LLC (“Glencoe Capital”), a private equity firm focused on control acquisitions and growth equity investments in lower middle-market companies, acquires Campbell Grinder Company. To learn more about Glencoe Capital, visit their website.

2012

Produced first all linear motor 800 Model creep-feed machine with laser scanning for part contour, wheel contour and establishing part centerline – All axes are direct drive with speeds near 1,500 inches/minute.

Introduced the 930E Series machines, a traveling column 5-axis grinder.

2013

Introduced the 750D Series machines built to grind small cylindrical parts.

The Model 1000 traveling column machine replaces the Model 700.

2014

First Linear Motor 930E Series Machines, a traveling column 5-axis grinder.