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Blount Carlton History
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:23:31 am »
 
Blount History

In 1947, Oregon Saw Chain Company was founded by Joe Cox in Portland, Oregon. Joe developed the modern saw chain design after viewing how efficiently timber beetle larva chewed through wood fiber. Like many other small companies, Oregon Saw Chain began as a small operation in Joe Coxís home.

In the years that followed, Joe expanded his saw chain business and hired several employees. Among these employees was John Gray, who eventually acquired the company in 1953 and led the company through a period of strong growth and expansion. In 1957, the company was renamed Omark Industries.

The company continued to grow over the next several decades. In 1980, Omark Industries was listed on the American Stock Exchange as OMK, and the following year opened a new corporate office in Portland, Oregon.

In 1985, Omark Industries was purchased by Blount, Inc., which at the time was a construction company headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. Its founder was Winton M. (Red) Blount, who started his career as a construction contractor and grew a successful business through world-class construction projects. In 1991, the company founded the ICS business, which focused on developing specialized chain saw applications for the construction industry.

Exiting the construction business in 1993, Blount, Inc. was renamed Blount International, Inc. and turned its focus exclusively to manufacturing. Almost overnight, Blount went from a worldwide construction company to a worldwide manufacturing company.

In 1997, Blount purchased Frederick Manufacturing Corp. of Kansas City, Missouri, a well-known and respected manufacturer of lawnmower blades and supplier of lawn and garden products. The acquisition marked Blountís substantial expansion of its outdoor equipment parts business.

In 1999, Blount was acquired by Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking and five years later was listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BLT.

In 2002, Blountís corporate headquarters moved from Montgomery, Alabama to Portland, Oregon to the headquarter offices of the companyís Outdoor Products segment that consisted of Oregon Cutting Systems and ICS.

Blount has grown its business by developing world-class manufacturing operations and a strong worldwide distribution network. The company expanded its operations through the addition of manufacturing plants in Guelph, Canada (1952); Portland, Oregon (1965); Curitiba, Brazil (1979); and Fuzhou, China (2005), as well as through acquisitions of complementary businesses, such as Frederick Manufacturing (1997), Windsor (2000), Carlton Company (2008), SpeeCo (2010), KOX (2011), and Woods Equipment and TISCO (2011).
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Re: Blount Carlton History
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 10:23:40 am »

1963

After working for years as the Chief Engineer for a major saw chain company, Ray Carlton realized that manufacturing saw chain was not only a profession it was a highly skilled technology. Ray felt that the existing method of sharpening cutters before the chain was assembled was flawed and knew he could improve the product by changing the process. In 1963, Ray decided to pursue his concept by re-engineering the manufacturing process. Ray's new concept not only automated the production but completely changed the assembly sequence to increase the reliability of the cutting edge of the chain. This innovation in saw chain manufacturing quickly established Carlton Company as a quality supplier in the industry.
1965

Starting out with the Carlton E-Z Feed and Stay-Sharp chain. Carlton chain is considered the easiest to maintain in the field by many professionals. By 1965 the company is firmly established in the industry as a major supplier of saw chain.

The development of the File O Plateģ sharpening tool was one of many Carlton advancements. This design provided the industry with a hand held tool that would allow them to duplicate factory cutting angles.
1969

After 2 1/2 years of rigid testing the Champion saw chain was introduced in 1969. The 3/8" pitch chain is considered the smoothest chain on the market and well received by both professional and casual users. With the addition of the Champion saw chain, Carlton positions itself as the worldwide leader in the development of new type saw chains.
1974

By 1974 Carlton Company had experienced consistent growth that was demanding more and more production space. In May of this year the company completed a new office and manufacturing facility in Milwaukie, Oregon more than doubling existing manufacturing capabilities.
1976

Several years of research in the 70's resulted in a patent issued to Carlton Company for the development of a progressive stamping die and new process to form cutters. The progressive forming eliminated metal fatigue through a cold forging process and provided a finished product with the strongest top plate in the market.
1980

Continuing innovations resulted in the introduction of the deflector depth gauge in 1980. The new design which reduced kickback and improved the smoothness of the cut was so well received by the industry that it was later added to all other chain types.
1981

As the company grew so did our expertise in the market. In 1981 Carlton Company was actively involved in the development of industry safety standards including the drafting of the ANSI ANSI B175.1 safety standard for gasoline powered chainsaws.
1983

In November of this year Carlton Company introduced the new Magna Chisel .325 chain. The chain was specifically designed for the the lightweight, mid-horsepower professional saws. The unique design included more cutters than standard 3/8" chain increasing the cutting speed and the toughness required for use in harsh conditions.
1985

The Guard link saw chain series was the first low kickback saw chain to earn certification to the ANSI B175.1 standard. Our experienced personnel and technical expertise positioned Carlton Company as the choice for testing all major chainsaw manufacturer's products.
1992

G7S - 3/4" pitch harvester chain was introduced in 1992. The "Chipper" style cutter design and superior quality became the industry benchmark for 3/4" pitch chain.
1995

Russell German was named President of the Company.

Sustained growth during the 1980's and 1990's demanded the expansion of our manufacturing facilities. In 1995 we completed a second facility dedicated the manufacture of 3/8" low profile saw chain.

Bumper guard links replaced bumper tie straps on 3/8" low profile and .325" pitch saw chain.
1997

Russell German named President and Chief Executive Officer.
1998

This year marked our 35th year of manufacturing high quality professional saw chain. By now, the company had expanded distribution to almost every country in the world and a sales office in Italy was opened to provide localized service and support for our European customers.

Our continued commitment to quality was recognized in May of 1998 as Carlton Company achieved ISO 9001 Certification.
1999

Carlton Company realized that the saw chain market was evolving from a commercial market. The smaller, low horsepower, chainsaw models were reaching a more casual consumer market. In 1999 we expanded our presence in the U.S. market with a private label line of chain saw accessories designed for sales in the Home Depot stores throughout the United States and Canada.
2000

The evolution of low horsepower gas and electric chainsaws created an increased demand for smaller, lighter saw chain and guide bars. Carlton quickly reacted to the new demand with the introduction of 3/8" low profile narrow kerf (.043") and .325" narrow kerf chains and bars.
2001

Private label successes in the consumer market led Carlton Company to introduce a Carlton branded line of retail products. The product line was launched with a complete selection of the most popular chains, accessories and combinations.

Our Harvester product line was expanded to include a complete range of accessories to complement the chains and bars.
2002

As the consumer market expanded it became obvious that Carlton would have to make some changes to maintain their high standard of customer service. To increase speed to market and improve delivery to our retail customers a distribution facility was established in Atlanta, Georgia to service the eastern half of the United States.
2003

Year over year continued growth made further expansion a necessity. In 2003 Carlton completed a 100,000 + square foot addition adjacent to our existing manufacturing facility in Milwaukie, Oregon. The new complex resulted in improved efficiencies and record breaking production.
2004

The product line was expanded again with the introduction of 1/4" pitch chain and bars. The reduced size and weight of 1/4" pitch products are specifically designed as a flexible tool for the detailed art of carving timber.

Carlton Company further increased it's presence in Europe by opening a distribution facility in The Netherlands and a sales office in Germany to increase support and service for that market.
2008

The Carlton Company was purchased by Blount International, a global manufacturer and marketer of replacement parts, equipment, and accessories for the forestry, lawn, and garden; farm, ranch, and agriculture; and concrete cutting and finishing markets, and is the market leader in manufacturing saw chain and guide bars for chain saws. Blount sells its products in more than 100 countries around the world.
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Re: Blount Carlton History
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 11:27:28 am »
Good history lesson with accurate dates.
Ray Carlton originally was a engineer for Oregon and another Oregon employee Walter Galer jumped ship and joined Windsor Industries in Burnaby, B.C. to lead their development of sawchain, bars and accessories.

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Re: Blount Carlton History
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2017, 02:36:22 pm »
Blount eventually acquired / purchased: Carlton, Windsor, Sandvik, KOX, ICS, and a few other saw chain brands.

They also private labeled a number of chains for OEM saw manufacturers.

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Re: Blount Carlton History
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2017, 03:28:45 pm »
Blount eventually acquired / purchased: Carlton, Windsor, Sandvik, KOX, ICS, and a few other saw chain brands.

They also private labeled a number of chains for OEM saw manufacturers.

Philbert
I believe Blount bought out what forestry line of product Sandvik marketed with Windsor.
Sandvik earlier successfully sued Windsor over a patent and took over the company.
 But if my memory is correct Sandvik sold out their share of Windsor to Blount.
Sandvik is still heavily involved in the hard rock mining industry up here in my area.
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Re: Blount Carlton History
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2017, 11:49:12 am »
Took a bit of digging, but here is a bit about the parent company, Blount (pronounced 'blunt'), prior to acquiring the Oregon chain business (broken into several parts to accommodate limits on post length).

Philbert

Part 1

1946: Blount Brothers go into the contracting business.
1951: The Blounts begin to land more complex military construction projects.
1968: Co-founder Winton Blount is named U.S. Postmaster General.
1971: Blount becomes a Delaware corporation.
1972: Blount, Inc. goes public after acquiring J.P. Burroughs & Sons.
1985: Blount acquires Omark Industries of Portland, Oregon.
1994: Blount exits the construction business to focus on manufacturing.
1997: Federal Cartridge is acquired.
1999: Lehman Brothers acquires Blount in a leveraged buy-out (LBO).
2001: Federal Cartridge sold to Alliant Techsystems (ATK).

Company History:
Blount International, Inc. is a diversified manufacturing and distributing business. The company's three main businesses include outdoor products, industrial and power equipment, and sporting equipment. Its product line ranges from specialty riding mowers to log loading machinery.

Blount's manufacturing facilities are spread throughout the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Its distribution network is active in more than 100 countries. The company makes chain saw accessories and concrete cutting system through its Oregon Cutting Systems Division, which accounts for three-quarters of Outdoor Products sales. It produces lawn mowers through Dixon Industries, Inc. The Industrial and Power Equipment segment supplies timber harvesting equipment, industrial tractors, and components for the gear industry.

Origins
By the time Winton Blount, a former B-29 pilot, and his brother Houston returned to their hometown of Union Springs, Alabama, after World War II, the family sand and gravel business had almost completely deteriorated. Winton and Houston's father had died during the war, and along with him the driving force behind the company. The two brothers, however, were determined to rebuild it, and within a few weeks they had purchased U.S. Army surplus equipment to use for sand and gravel projects. Winton, ever on the lookout for opportunities and bargains, decided rather impulsively to purchase four D-7 Caterpillar tractors a short time later. When Houston asked his brother why he had purchased the tractors, Winton replied that they were going into the contracting business.
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Re: Blount Carlton History
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2017, 11:50:37 am »
Part 2

The first contracts the brothers landed were for constructing fish ponds in and around Union Springs. By the summer of 1946, the two siblings were doing subcontract work for the Alabama Highway. Although neither Winton nor Houston had any prior experience in constructing highways, they worked on numerous highways, roads, and bridges throughout Mississippi and Alabama during the late 1940s. Their first big break came in 1949 with a $1 million contract to build the superstructure for a viaduct in Birmingham, Alabama.

By 1951, the brothers had constructed their first building, followed shortly by a few gymnasiums. In the same year, the company, known as Blount Brothers Construction Company, procured a very lucrative contract to build a 500,000-square-foot plant used by Sperry to manufacture missile components for the U.S. Navy. In 1952, the company won a contract that significantly altered the way it conducted business. A highly technical project, the contract was for building segments of a wind tunnel for the U.S. Air Force at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, near Tullahoma, Tennessee. Winton and Houston soon discovered that highly technical projects were not only more profitable, but that there was less competition for such contracts. As a result, they started to concentrate on complex construction-type projects, some of which were one-of-a-kind buildings. Soon after the U.S. Air Force project, the company constructed an atomic energy facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and took on other increasingly complex projects.

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Re: Blount Carlton History
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2017, 11:51:52 am »
Part 3

By the middle of the decade, the Blount brothers were not only deeply involved in the construction industry, but also in the materials business, including gravel and sand, as well as asphalt and concrete pipe production. At this time, Houston Blount decided that he wanted to devote his attention exclusively to the materials operation. Thus, the two brothers organized all their plants in the materials business and formed the Vulcan Materials Company. Houston resigned from Blount Brothers Construction to become president and chief executive officer of the new firm.

Explosive Growth in the 1950s and 1960s
Under Winton's strong leadership, Blount Brothers Construction continued to grow. The company was awarded major contracts by the U.S. Air Force to build Bomark and Nike nuclear missile bases in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota. In 1958, Blount Brothers constructed the first intercontinental missile facility in Wyoming. It was the first time the firm was asked to build a site under the "principle of concurrency," meaning that the design and testing of the missile was carried out as the facility itself was being designed and constructed; each testing of the missile resulted in a change of building specifications on the job site. Shortly afterwards, the company was contracted by the U.S. Navy to build an "indoor ocean" so that ship models could be tested under the most stringent conditions. The company also constructed the launching facilities at Cape Canaveral for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs, as well as the world's biggest rocket test silo. Other projects during the late 1950s involved the construction of nuclear reactors, a cyclotron, the Atlanta airport, and numerous dams and river locks.
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2017, 11:53:01 am »
Part 4

By 1962, Blount Brothers was growing so rapidly that it passed the $100 million mark for construction contracts. In the same year, the construction industry's trade publication, Engineering News-Record, ranked Blount as the thirty-third largest construction company in the United States. However, although Blount benefited from the federal government's practice of awarding lump-sum contracts to the lowest bidder that could provide high-quality work, another government policy of using public work funds to regulate the economy began to create extreme cycles within the construction industry as a whole. As a consequence of this latter policy, management at Blount decided to decrease its reliance on government contracts and seek more work in the private or corporate sector.

In order to capture a significant share of the contracts in private industry, the company started a business development department and opened satellite offices in Boston, Chicago, and Houston. Initially, Blount was forced to accept small jobs, but these soon grew into larger and larger contracts. In 1967, management decided to embark upon an aggressive acquisitions program to accelerate its entry into private sector construction. The first acquisition was the Benjamin F. Shaw Company, a leader in the manufacture and installation of piping for chemical, paper, and power plants, as well as for oil refineries.
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