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Palmgren Steel Products, Inc.
Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
Company Website: http://www.palmgren.com/
Manufacturer Class: Metal Working Machinery

Last Modified: Feb 14 2020 9:41AM by Jeff_Joslin
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In 1915 Carl Palmgren was working for Steel Art Tool Co. (SATCO). In 1919 he established Chicago Tool & Engineering Co. to make vises and rotary tables. By 1970 they were doing business as Palmgren Steel Products for their vises and Palmgren Precision Products for their air and hydraulic power units. At some point—in or before 1998—they officially changed their name to Palmgren Steel Products, Inc.

In 2013 C.H. Hanson acquired Palmgren Steel Products, Inc.

Information Sources

  • There was more than usual difficulty dealing with information related to Carl A. Palmgren. It turns out that there are two men named Carl A. Palmgren, both active in the first half of the 20th century both living in Illinois (one in Chicago, one in Rockford), both machinists who worked for a steel company early in his career. And there are mentions of a Charles A. Palmgren who turns out to be the same person as the Carl A. Palmgren of interest to us here. Charles A. Palmgren was granted a patent for a cutting and boring tool, and which was assigned to the Steel Art Tool Co. of Chicago.
  • March 1917 South Works Review, a magazine for employees of the Illinois Steel Co.'s South Works.

    One of the last to leave was Mr. Charles A. Palmgren, Assistant Foreman of the Mechanical Department, who resigned to accept the position of Manager of the Steel Art Tool Company, March 1st., with offices in Chicago.

    Mr. Palmgren started in at "South" in January 1900, as a Tool Maker in the Mechanical Department, with one assistant, and by an inborn genius for mechanics, built up an Experimental Department second to none in the country, and at the time of leaving had between sixty and seventy men under him.

    Several years ago Mr. Palmgren invented and perfected an electric clock, which automatically blew the plant whistle at stated times, and this installation is still in service here. He also built up and perfected the time-clock system in vogue at South Works, and has many other valuable inventions covering Safety Lathe Tools, Automatic Drill Chucks, Air Hammers, Improvements to other tools, etc. to his credit.

    The tool making business in the United States will undoubtedly be greatly enriched by his future inventions as Manager of the Steel Art Tool Company.

    On the last day of his service at "South" the employees of his Department, headed by Messrs. Flaer and Smock, presented him with two very handsome presents, and the members of the South Works Organization gave him a very find Gold Watch, while "The Faculty" honored him with the plant Efficiency Diploma.

    Mr. Flaer, who has been Mr. Palmgren's assistant for a number of years, succeeded him.

  • The company website has some history information on it.
  • 1959 catalog from Chicago Tool & Engineering Co., 8383 South Chicago Ave., Chicago 17, IL,
  • 1998-06-30 Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office lists "Palmgren Steel Products, Inc., Chicago, IL, Chicago Tool & Engineering Co., Chicago, IL". View Trademark Reg. #1,083,198, to Palmgren Steel Products, Inc.