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Scot Forge started from humble beginnings with four brothers, looking for a better future, who traveled from the Shetland Islands in Scotland to America. They found their success in the steel industry and opened a small, six-man hammer forge shop in Chicago in 1893, under the name A. Kropp Forge.
The Chicago area was booming in the 1890s, but by mid-decade a financial panic overtook the nation and in 1914, the company was bought by a group of Ryerson employees and renamed Kruse Forgings. Then, two years later, the name was changed to Atlas Forge partly as a marketing endeavor so the company would be first in the phonebook - listing are alphabetical – and by 1919, Atlas Forge moved to Cicero, Illinois.
More than 60 years later a new greenfield manufacturing plant was built in Clinton, Wisconsin. This unusual plant location was due to the Cicero plant growth being hindered by a stationary noise law in Illinois. At this point, in 1977, the company name would change again to Scot Forge and a Scottish highlander became part of the corporate logo. Along with the new name came a unique sales promotional tool – the wearing of tartan apparel by the personnel.
Continued growth created a need for a third manufacturing plant to be built in Spring Grove, Illinois, which became the permanent headquarters for Scot Forge. Additionally, in 1978 the owning family decided to sell the company to the Scot Forge employees starting the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
The company continued to grow from 1985 to 1997. The Cicero plant moved to Franklin Park, Illinois, and Scot Forge formed two partnerships that turned into join ventures – Ringmasters and North American Forgemasters (NAF).
Today, Scot Forge operates with more than 1.3 million sq.ft. of manufacturing space between the five plants and we ship more than 250 million lbs. of forgings annually. We are proud to be a 100% employee-owned manufacturer of custom, open die forgings and seamless rolled rings.
With every order we process, products we forge and quality tests we conduct, our goal is to exceed customer expectations in every way possible.
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Customized equipment and creative operating techniques at multiple locations enable us to manufacture forged products that conform to your exact specifications.
At Scot Forge, every employee-owner is dedicated to achieving the goal of total customer satisfaction by safely supplying the highest-quality forgings and services possible.
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Well, as it turns out, Pete “Spike” Georgeson ordered one tartan jacket to help him get noticed at a luncheon… and it worked! So well in fact, that he decided he needed to order a couple more jackets, so he asked for a swatch of every tartan to decide what to order. Somewhere along the line, the tailor thought he said one jacket in every tartan. Rather than returning all of the jackets Pete decided to give them to his sales team and the rest is history.
Shared goals are what Scot Forge is all about. We share challenges, rewards, and a desire to contribute. Throughout the year, you can find us contributing our time and money to worthwhile initiatives from United Way and local food pantries to team sponsorships and academic scholarships. Community involvement is part of our fabric, and it is one more thing that makes us proud to be plaid.
Scot Forge offers incentive for employee development which promotes the importance of education to the individual as well as the organization. It is often said that people make the difference and that is especially true at Scot Forge.
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