This year, Methods Machine Tools Inc. (Sudbury, MA), supplier of precision machine tools, automation, and additive manufacturing solutions, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Founded in November 1958 with three employees and a few refurbished machines, Methods has grown into a large high-precision machine tool supplier in North America.
Today, the privately held company has roughly 350 employees, eight sales and technology centers and more than 35,000 machines installed throughout North America, ranging from EDM machines to 5-Axis CNC machining centers to state-of-the-art robotics, automation, and 3D printing solutions.
Its headquarters campus includes a 125,000-sq.ft. showroom featuring the latest metalworking technology and a vast array of advanced CNC machines, EDM, and automation under power. The campus also includes a 3D printing lab, applications engineering, sales, service, and spare parts departments.
The company’s founder, Clement McIver Sr. (1917-1995), established principles that have continued to set Methods Machine Tools apart from conventional importers or distributors: “Anyone can sell a machine. But not everyone provides the extra effort that makes a difference on a company’s bottom line.”
“Staying true to our founder’s vision, we have built an excellent reputation in the machine tool industry by closely partnering with machine builders and customers, as well as providing strong application expertise,” said Scott McIver, Methods chairman and third-generation owner. “We offer a total service solution from design and applications to engineering, installation, training, and unmatched support to help manufacturers be more profitable, productive, and competitive.”
To commemorate its milestone anniversary, Methods will be hosting open houses, holding technology events, and introducing new
product lines throughout the year.
“We are excited to celebrate our 60th-anniversary milestone,” said Jerry Rex, president and CEO of Methods. “Our dedicated, experienced team, together with our powerful partnerships, have provided us a strong foundation for serving our customers. We are proud of our heritage and are looking forward to further expand our technology solutions in machine tools and automation, including the most proficient ways to apply and support them.”
Methods Sales and Technology Centers complement an extensive, national network of distributors and dealers, offering technology and automation solutions, machines, training, spare parts, and engineering support for manufacturers. In addition, the company has Automation Centers in three locations, as well as 3D printing labs throughout the US.
Methods’ product line strategy offers technology for each machining discipline or class. Machine tool partners include Nakamura-Tome, Yasda, Fanuc, Kiwa-Japan, and, most recently, Niigata Machine. EDM partners include Fanuc Wire EDM and new partner Ocean Technologies Co. In addition, Methods 3D Inc. provides 3D printing solutions through 3D Systems and MarkForged. For measurement and inspection solutions, Methods offers digital optical comparators from Visionx Inc.
Methods has developed long-term relationships with many of its machine manufacturers, such as Nakamura-Tome (35 years) and Fanuc (25 years). In addition, Methods’ close attention to applications and dedicated service ensures productive, profitable, and customer-centric solutions and support.