Hartwig and Hardinge Rejoin Forces with a Refreshed Distributor Alliance
Hartwig, Inc. and Hardinge announce that they are re-entering a distribution partnership, effective Feb 1, 2021.
Hartwig President Geoff Hartwig says reuniting with Hardinge enables his company – which owns and operates offices in 14 Central and Mountain states – an opportunity to offer clients a quality line of machine tools at a competitive price point as well as to continue to offer world-class support to those customers who already have Hardinge equipment in the territory.
In December of 2020, Hardinge announced their “made in the USA” manufacturing shift of their Bridgeport® XR Series of vertical machining centers and the Hardinge® TALENT Series of turning products to its plant in Elmira, NY, USA. This shift aligns with Hartwig’s commitment to enable manufacturers to control their own destiny through opportunity, expertise, quality equipment and unparalleled support. The repatriation of these products means creation of American manufacturing jobs as well as shorter lead times on high performing products for the domestic market.
“Hardinge’s continued investment in manufacturing next-gen grinding and super precision machines and product lines, paired with the company’s ability to produce production-ready solutions, underscores our confidence in the greatly expanded advanced workholding and rotary products we’re now able to offer our clients,” said Hartwig. “Our distributorship agreement with Hardinge translates into a heightened focus on our next step level productivity, strategic lead-time projects and dedication to equipping our clients with the safety, quality, delivery, productivity, and people they’ve long expected from Hartwig. This partnership with Hardinge underscores Hartwig’s commitment to investments in break-through manufacturing engineering, design and technology for years to come.”
Hardinge President and CEO Chuck Dougherty said the firm’s alliance with Hartwig increases its global footprint in supplying advanced manufacturing tools and resources for Hartwig clients across industries including aerospace, agriculture, transportation, communications and electronics, construction, defense and others.
“This new alliance with Hartwig couldn’t come at a more opportune time as we invest $7 million in renovating our Horseheads plant in Elmira, NY and bring jobs back from Taiwan and shift production of our milling and turning center solutions back to the U.S,” Dougherty said. “We look forward to working with Hartwig for years to come.”
Hardinge’s Director of Global Product Management for Turning & Milling Jeremy Michael adds, “Bringing the production of our Turning & Milling products back to the US is a decision that was made in large part to better serve our customers. In addition to designing our machines to best fit the US market and providing quick deliveries via domestic manufacturing we knew that a strong distribution channel that could support the products was of the utmost importance, which is why we are excited to have Hartwig as a partner. Hartwig’s historical knowledge of our products combined with their best in class service and application support allows Hardinge customers to trust that our commitment to quality doesn’t stop with the build of the machine but continues well beyond the moment it hits their shop floor. As a family owned company with strong corporate values that align with our own, we felt that Hartwig was the perfect fit as we move forward in our commitment to domestic machine tool manufacturing.”
Super precision lathes, general precision lathes and mills, knee mills and more than 24 automation-friendly machine models are part of the expanded equipment portfolio Hartwig is now offering industrial manufacturing clients as a result of the St. Louis-based firm’s alliance with Elmira, NY-based Hardinge. The new partnership enables Hartwig, a long-standing industry player, to supply clients with just-in-time delivery of the latest CNC lathes, cylindrical, jig grinding machines and more.
About Hartwig, Inc.
Hartwig, Inc. is a full service distributor of industrial machine tools. Since its founding in 1960, Hartwig has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement bringing next-generation manufacturing environments to life for its customers. Centrally headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Hartwig is strategically located to best serve manufacturing hubs across the central United States. With over 12,500 machine installations, Hartwig has combined high-quality equipment with applications expertise and support to help our customers meet and exceed their manufacturing goals.
For more information about Hartwig and the machine tool brands we represent, please visit us at www.hartwiginc.com.
About Hardinge Inc.
Hardinge, Inc. is the trusted global provider of high precision, computer-controlled machine tool solutions for critical, hard-to-machine metal parts and advanced workholding accessories. With over 125 years of experience, Hardinge offers the largest variety of metal-cutting turning machines, grinding machines, machining centers, collets, chucks, index fixtures, repair parts, standard and specialty workholding devices, and other machine tool accessories. Hardinge’s solutions can be found in a broad base of industries including aerospace, agricultural, automotive, construction, consumer products, defense, energy, medical, technology, and transportation. Headquartered in Berwyn, PA, the company designs, manufactures, and distributes machine tools in over 65 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information about Hardinge, please visit us at www.hardinge.com.
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