This year, Methods Machine Tools Inc., headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Founded in November 1958 with 3 employees and a few refurbished machines, Methods has grown into one of the largest precision machine tool suppliers in North America. Methods today has roughly 350 employees, 8 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.
The company’s founder, Clement McIver Sr. (1917-1995) established principles that have continued to set Methods 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," says Scott McIver, Methods’ chairman and third generation owner.
Methods' machine tool partners include Nakamura-Tome, Yasda, Fanuc, Kiwa-Japan and most recently, Niigata Machine. EDM partners include Fanuc wire EDMs and new partner Ocean Technologies Co. Ltd. In addition, Methods 3D Inc. provides advanced 3D printing solutions through 3D Systems and MarkForged. For measurement and inspection solutions, Methods offers digital optical comparators from VISIONx INC.
Many of Methods' machine manufacturer partnerships have been long term, such as being the exclusive U.S. importer of Nakamura-Tome multitasking turning centers for 35 years, and 25 years with Fanuc as importer of tapping/drilling Fanuc RoboDrill machining centers and wire EDM machines for all North America.
Methods President & CEO Jerry Rex said, "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 leading technology solutions in machine tools and automation, including the most proficient ways to apply and support them."
Methods Sales and Technology Centers complement a national network of distributors and dealers offering technology and engineering support. In addition, the company has three automation centers as well as 3D printing labs throughout the U.S.
To commemorate its impressive anniversary milestone, Methods will be hosting open houses, holding technology events and introducing new product lines throughout the year.