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THE HISTORY OF HIGHLAND MACHINE

Proudly Made in the USA for over 50 years! We've grown quite a bit from our humble beginnings. Some things haven't changed - Personal Attention, Professional Results!
 
1944 →

Claude Miles purchases machine shop of Basler Electric and Manufacturing from Carl Basler. Operation moved to corner of 6th and Cypress Streets.

CJ Zimmermann leaves Wicks Organ and partners with Miles to form Highland Machine.

New 6,000 sq ft plant built on 4 acres of Geisler’s Hill. 16 employees move into new building in September 1946.

← 1946
1946 →

Edwin M. Frisse joins firm as bookkeeper.

Claude Miles dies and CJ Zimmermann becomes sole owner.

Ed Frisse named company vice president.

← 1951
1956 →

Zimco Metalfab formed and purchases fabrication equipment of Master Mfg in Lichfield. Zimco and Highland Machine operate in same building.

Company doubles fabrication capability with sheet metal building expansion.

Highland Machine designs sealed hydraulic lift for the beauty industry.

← 1962
1963 →

Zimco assets sold to Highland Machine. Company expands with 20,000 sq ft Sheet Metal Fabrication building.

Highland Machine begins manufacturing forced hot air hair dryers for Beauty Salons.

← 1967
1974 →

Edwin M. Frisse named president of Highland Machine.

Company doubles fabrication capability with sheet metal building expansion.

← 1975
1981 →

Frisse becomes majority stockholder of Highland Machine.

Highland Machine offers pre-packaged hydraulic lift unit to ship directly to end user.

← 1986
1991 →

Terry Riffel named president of Highland Machine.

Company expands to 135,000 sq ft with the addition of a 30,000 sq ft powder coating facility.

← 1994
2001 →

Bill Sullivan named president of Highland Machine.

Customers offered greater inventory control with Kanban and Lean methodologies

← 2006
2008 →

Highland Machine expands into large scale assembly with genset trailer manufacturing.

Company introduces Selique – the all-digital hair dryer.

← 2009

2012 →

Highland Machine upgrades to cyclone-style powder system. 

700 5th St. • Highland, IL 62249         618-654-2103

700 5th St. • Highland, IL 62249
618-654-2103

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