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Eastman Machine Company

green energy, industrial, recreational,
sports and outdoors segments."

xclusive feature

Keys To Success

one hundred and thirty
years after it was founded,
eastman machine is still an
industry leader.

Built On Success
eastman machine aims to keep manufacturing
innovative, quality products. by bianca herron
Eastman Machine Company is the
oldest fabric-cutting machine company in the world. The Buffalo, N.Y.based company took off when it introduced the first electric cloth-cutting
machine in 1888, which allowed the
clothing industry to evolve from the
manual drudgery of cutting to a modern operation.
One hundred and thirty years later, Eastman Machine is still considered a leader in that field. Today, the
fifth-generation family-owned and
operated company is the largest man-

ufacturer of a complete line of cutting
equipment, ranging from manual to
fully automated systems. Eastman
Machine has thousands of automated
systems installed worldwide and tens
of thousands of manual machines in
more than 100 countries.
"Today, with the advent of industrial fabrics and composite materials, the market has changed dramatically," President and CEO Robert
Stevenson says. "Our machines are
now used in as many as 12 markets,
including aerospace, marine, apparel,

Eastman Machine attributes its success to its ability to adapt and react
quickly to changing materials in the
marketplaces the company operates
in. "We are a very flexible, lean manufacturer," Stevenson explains. "When
products are introduced in the marketplace, we are able to customize our
machinery to meet those needs and
get them to market quickly."
He adds that speed is Eastman Machine's biggest asset. "I've always believed that it's not always the biggest
companies that dominated the small
companies - it's the fast companies
that beat out the slow companies,"
Stevenson says. "We like to think that
we can respond to inquiries and manufacturing needs faster than anyone.
We don't supply machinery; we supply solutions to our customers."
In addition, Eastman Machine
prides itself on its culture of innovation. Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering Trevor Stevenson notes the company continuously
rolls out new products. "We're always
adapting to what our customers need,
whether it's a new machine or new options for a machine," he says.
One of the company's latest innovations is the Talon 25x™, which
automatically pulls stacked material plies from the spreading table to
a modular, bristle-block conveyor
bed for reciprocating knife cutting of
patterns. A precise system operation
with state-of-the-art motion control
communications provides an industrial-strength solution for cutting up

Eastman Machine Company / www.eastmancuts.com / HQ: Buffalo, N.Y. / Employees: 225 / Specialty: Fabric-cutting machinery
and software / Robert Stevenson, president and CEO: "We don't supply machinery; we supply solutions to our customers."

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