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115 Years of Metal Forming Machinery
Over 100 customers, vendors, local government officials and industry friends gathered Sept. 17, 2015, to celebrate our 115 year history and our new location in East Berlin, Connecticut.
The event started with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the morning led by David Somers, CEO of Quality Products, Inc. (parent company of Fenn) to formally celebrate the opening of FENN’s new headquarters. Quality Products is an American company that supports American manufacturing with five divisions over four states, employing nearly 200 people. “We were really excited to be involved with Fenn from the moment we first heard it was open to acquisition in 2014,” explained Somers.
Somers later discussed the impact our machines have had throughout the years saying, “Our machines have helped promote metallurgy research and education in labs and universities, helped support the American war efforts through the decades including WW I, WW II and the recent wars in the Middle East. Fenn has built hundreds of specialty machines and parts over the years – paper cup making machines, precision parts for helicopters and nuclear reactors, and now our coilers, swagers and other highly engineered metal forming products.” Somers noted that the day “marks the beginning of a new chapter in Fenn’s long and illustrious history.”
Dignitaries on hand for the ceremony included Bill Rasmussen, deputy mayor of Berlin; Brendan Luddy, Berlin Town Council member; Chris Edge, Berlin economic development director; Joe Aresimowicz, majority leader, Connecticut House of Representatives; and Selim G. Noujaim, state representative, Connecticut General Assembly.
In the afternoon FENN hosted guests with shop tours, educational sessions about each of our product lines, including wire flattening and shaping lines, rolling mills, spring coilers, swagers, drawbenches and turks heads. Each product line was represented with an actual working machine for demonstration. FENN also provided educational outlines about spare parts, upgrade & remanufacture, and service & training capabilities.
“We hosted catered hors-d’oeuvre, open bar and a beautiful dinner for all of our guests.” said Paul Uccello, President at FENN. “It was a successful event, and provided Fenn with the opportunity to show both its local and industry communities what our operation is all about. We are very proud that we have remained competitive in providing metal forming solutions for the last 115 years, and look forward to the next 115!”