Manufacturing Today - May/June 2017 - 127
Eastman Machine Co.
www.eastmancuts.com / HQ: Buffalo, N.Y. / Employees: 120 / Trevor Stevenson, vice president:
"Our customers know they are getting a product that is of the highest quality and reliability."
eastman machine co. continues to innovate and deliver state-of-the-art
cutting machines that meet customers' needs. by janice hoppe-spiers
Eastman Machine Co. introduced
the first cloth-cutting machine to the
clothing industry in 1888, allowing
it to evolve from the manual labor of
cutting fabric to a modern operation.
Nearly 130 years later, the Buffalo,
N.Y.-based company is still dedicated
to improving its customers' productivity and performance through its
state-of-the-art cutting machines.
"Our customers know they are getting a product that is of the highest
quality and reliability," Vice President
Trevor Stevenson explains. "Some of
the machines we are making today have
stood the test of time and not needed a
design change in over 50 years. They
are iconic in that way and that is what
is expected from Eastman."
Canadian inventor George Eastman more than a century ago developed the first fractional electric
motor that could be mounted on a
platform and serve as a cutting base.
The motor was attached to a reciprocating knife mechanism and the
first electric fabric-cutting machine
was born: "The Eastman." "George
Eastman didn't think the technology would go further and the industry
would not support future growth, but
my great-great-grandfather knew it
had potential," Stevenson says.
Charles P. Stevenson acquired the
company in 1889 and after five generations, the Stevenson family still
owns and operates the company today. "My great-great-grandfather died
shortly after buying the company, so
my great-grandfather at a young age
took it over and grew the business tre-
eastman takes pride in its
expertise and having designed
many iconic machines.
mendously by setting up distributors
throughout the world," Stevenson
says. "For a small family business in
Buffalo, that was a hard thing to do in
the early 1900s."
Eastman is respected in the industry
because of the family's long history in
the business, which also comes with
inside knowledge passed down from
generation to generation. "We have an
understanding of what it takes to solve
our customers problems and offer
solutions they want," Stevenson says.
"That understanding is passed down
to everyone - not just ownership. We
pride ourselves on customer service
and making customers feel like an extended part of the family."
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