Bringing German Precision and Expertise to the US Large Diameter Cut-Off Wheel Market

While perhaps a bit of a niche market, the demand for large cut-off wheels is increasing due to the strengthening of the US steel industry.  Applications such as cutting of solid metal in rolling mills, rail manufacture, foundries, and other large-scale cutting operations,  call for a highly specialized product that is custom engineered for each specific process and material.  Leveraging our engineering expertise in abrasives and industry experience in various global segments, PFERD has brought this capability to the US market .

Large Diameter CutOff Wheel
PFERD Large Diameter Cut-Off Wheel

We’ve recently expanded our North American offering in large diameter cut-off wheels to a product range that has been popular overseas.   While we do offer a range of wheels for stationary cutting applications in our standard US offering, large diameter wheels require specific know-how and made-to-order competencies. PFERD’s prowess in this area was recently highlighted at the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany where we featured manufacturing capabilities of cut-off wheels up to 2,000mm (about 6½ feet).   “In the large market, there are only 4 companies in the world that can make the 2-meter diameter cut-off wheel,” said National Account Manager Tim Lee. “We’re one of a very elite group in that respect.”

Tim has been tasked with the job of building awareness for this capability across North America.  The need for an industry expert that can talk

PFERD Large Diameter Cut-Off Wheel Account Manager
PFERD National Account Manager Tim Lee

the talk with the end user, identify the requirements of the specific application, and communicate that to the engineering team, is crucial.  With 28 years in the abrasives industry, Tim is an experienced leader in this field and can solve problems that customers themselves may not be unaware of.  His expertise in this sector is extremely valuable when identifying and delivering solutions for these complex applications.

PFERD’s combination of engineering expertise, manufacturing capabilities, and industry knowledge in the unique and often challenging application of large diameter cut-off wheels enables us to deliver the solutions needed in the steel industry.   To learn more call us today or email our industry expert directly at

PFERD Christens New Wisconsin Facility!

PFERD INC., the American subsidiary of August Ruggeberg GmbH and Co. of Marienheide, Germany, a 212-year-old world leader in the design and manufacture of abrasive tools, power brushes, maintenance brushes and power tools, has completed its consolidation of all U.S. production and distribution operations into a 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility located at 9201 Heather Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The building was purchased by PFERD in January and all production equipment and inventory have already been moved to this location and have, in fact, been operating there for several weeks. Advance Brush products had previously been located in Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin while PFERD distribution operations and production work had been handled at the PFERD INC. headquarters location in Leominster, Massachusetts.

The PFERD Massachusetts building has been sold but executive headquarters with financial, marketing, and customer service staff remaining in that state will move to new offices located in a nearby community.
In making the announcement, PFERD President, Gene Huegin, pointed out all the advantages this investment brings to customers and to PFERD business operations.

“First, this consolidated facility means that our distributors will have one-order, one-shipment,one-invoice service they require to reduce their costs. Second, our combined inventory of abrasive tools and brushes is now more centrally located for distribution purposes, making for quicker and easier shipping to our customers. Finally, with the company’s strong growth in recent years, we needed a larger and more leading edge facility. When the opportunity arose to buy the 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Milwaukee it just made sense to purchase it and have ownership equity value along with a permanent and significant upgrade in capabilities,” he concluded.

Veteran PFERD executive, Sam Birel, led all details of the consolidation move and will remain as Vice President, Operations in charge of the new Wisconsin facility. He will continue to report to company President, Gene Huegin.

“This is a major investment by PFERD to put our company in the best position to serve our distributors now and in the years to come. This is our permanent home and we equipped and stocked it the way we know will enable us to meet the abrasive and brush product needs of the metalworking, welding and construction markets well into the future”, Birel said.