The history of Meister Abrasivesʼ growth in the North American marketplace has been one of careful and methodical development of engineering expertise, applications experience and manufacturing excellence in concert with the world-wide corporationʼs exceptional product R&D capabilities. Significant US milestones include:
70ʼs and 80ʼs: Meister known for its ID superabrasive grinding wheels handles sales on an itinerant basis by President Konrad Meister (Founder of Meister International) and later with Andy Miller (UK).
1988: Pratt & Whitney asks Meister to develop a 12” superabrasive grinding wheel. Meister USA formed to expedite government approval process. Five year task force established to study US business potential, with a sales office opened in Shrewsbury, MA.
1994: Task force determines there is a substantial opportunity for US manufacturing of Meister products. Small scale production facility is established in Worcester, MA.
2000: Meister purchases land and builds full scale manufacturing plant in North Kingstown, RI. Location chosen because of availability of skilled labor capable of performing high precision superabrasives manufacturing.
2001-06: Mirror image of Swiss manufacturing processes established in the US for Meisterʼs complete product line.
2006-08: Phased US introduction of patented HPB Bonding technology for CBN wheels. This product gives manufacturers more options for improving part quality and manufacturing productivity.
2008: hDD Hybrid Diamond Dressing Technology introduced in US market.
The Future: Meister will continue to work with our customers to develop custom engineered superabrasives solutions that satisfy the requirements