In order to promote customer satisfaction and perpetuate its reputation as a preferred supplier of precision-machined components and assemblies, Putnam Machine Products strives to ensure that its products and services meet or exceed customer specifications and expectations. The concept of continuous improvement, with a goal of zero defects and 100% on-time delivery, is promoted by management and embraced by all.
Since 1970, Putnam Machine Products has built a reputation as a capable and reliable source of precision-machined components. Putnam is a supplier of precision-machined components and assemblies for many markets, including industrial machinery, truck and off-highway, recreational vehicle, oil field pipe fittings, and pressure vessel manufacturing industries.
Ideally located at the intersection of highways I-69 and US-12 in South-Central-Lower Michigan, Putnam Machine Products has been serving Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and the entire Midwestern United States and Canada for over forty years.
NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd. has assessed the quality management system of Putnam Machine Products and certified it to be compliant with ISO-9001:2008 (2015_ISO9001-2008 CERTIFICATE).
1958: Putnam Pattern Company was established in Union City, MI by Cecil James Putnam Sr. He produced wooden patterns for local iron and non-ferrous metal foundries.
1960: Moved to a new facility at 465 Jay Street in Coldwater, MI in response to increased demand from Coldwater area foundries and began adding staff.
Mid-1960s: Began machining castings in response to demand from existing pattern customers. Expanded the Coldwater facility to accommodate additional tool & die work and custom machining.
Late 1960s: Added more production machining capabilities in the form of production drills, boring machines, and multi-spindle chuckers.
1970: Incorporated as Putnam Pattern and Machine Co., Inc. with Cecil J. Putnam, Sr. as President, C. James Putnam, Jr. as Vice President, and Helen “Theda” Putnam, Secretary/Treasurer.
1974: The company name changed to Putnam Pattern & Engineering Co. to reflect the design engineering that began about that time as C. James (Jim) Putnam, Jr. took over as President and began designing specialty hitches and machine-shop related products.
1975: Putnam’s first numerical controlled machine, a LeBlond Tape-Turn Regal with a GE550 control, was installed for production of a variety of specialty installation tools as well as tool-room use. A multi-spindle hydraulic copy mill was added to augment the company’s pattern-making capabilities.
1976: A 3D coordinate measuring machine was installed, marking Putnam’s transition out of pattern making and into precision machining. An 8,000 sq. ft. expansion is completed bringing the facility to 14,000 sq. ft.
1980: The company began doing business as Putnam Machine Products, Inc. to reduce the ambiguity of including “Pattern” in the name when the company produced patterns for its own use only.
1981: Putnam Machine Products adds its first full CNC (computer-numerical-controlled) lathe, a Takisawa TK3 with a Fanuc 6Tb control.
1983: Putnam adds more CNC lathes as well as CNC milling capability in the form of Mori-Seiki machines.
Mid-1980s: Additional production machining equipment in the form of CNC lathes, machining centers, saws, and grinders are added.
1991: Putnam acquires an adjoining 12 acres and builds a new 20,000 sq. ft. facility at 35 Cecil Drive, Coldwater, Michigan.
Mid-1990s: Additional CNC equipment is added to accommodate higher volume production jobs.
1997: The Cecil Drive facility is expanded to 36,000 sq. ft. to accommodate better workflow and warehousing for J.I.T. and Kanban deliveries. Company achieves initial ISO 9002:1994 registration.
2001: Putnam Machine Products achieves ISO 9001:2000 registration.
2008: Putnam Machine Products achieves ISO 9001:2008 registration.
2011: 10,000 sq. ft. addition completed. Larger capacity Horizontal Machining Centers are added to accommodate aftermarket steering knuckles and industrial equipment components. Nick Putnam joins the Putnam customer service team to oversee sales, marketing, and customer support.