PFERD North America Moves To A Centralized Location To Better Serve You

As the final step in our plan to centralize staff and operations, including brush production, assembly, distribution and sales and marketing, PFERD announced on June 4th that all executive personnel, marketing, and customer service positions will be relocated from our long-time Leominster location and join with all other company resources at their 100,000 square foot operations center in Milwaukee.

This state-of-the-art facility was purchased and officially opened just four years ago. It already houses all brush manufacturing, central product distribution, and technical training functions.

PFERD President, Gene Huegin, made the announcement and expanded on how the move will affect a positive impact on distributors and customers. “With the initial phase of our consolidation to this more centralized location in 2011, we were able to provide our distributor partners one-order, one-shipment, one-invoice service to reduce their costs. Now, by having our customer service professionals, marketing support staff and executive personnel situated with all our other resources, customers can take advantage of expediting additional business procedures,” Huegin concluded.

This move follows the first consolidation of manufacturing, distribution and training functions originally initiated by the company in July 2011. It also underscores PFERD’s commitment to the North American market which includes the launching of PFERD Canada in 2009 and the purchase of Superior Abrasives in Dayton, Ohio in 2012. Superior is also currently constructing a new facility in Vandalia, Ohio, near Dayton, which will also have all the latest manufacturing technology and business operations built in.

Please wish PFERD the best of luck in this new chapter of a long and successful company history!

New Non-Woven Quick Change Discs

PFERD Expands COMBICLICK® System: Rough Grinding to Mirror Polishing

September 11, 2013

PFERD announces an expansion of the innovative COMBICLICK® Quick Change Fibre Disc system to include surface conditioning, finishing, unitized and felt discs. With these new additions, the COMBICLICK® system provides solutions from rough grinding to mirror polishing.

COMBICLICK® is designed for use with standard 4″, 4½”, 5″ and 7″ angle grinders. The geometry of the backing pad cooling slots ensures a high throughput of air, thus significantly reducing thermal loads on the abrasive material and workpiece. When combined with a variable speed grinder, the COMBICLICK® system provides more performance and versatility than any other systems available. Benefits include up to 30% lower workpiece temperature, 25% increased stock removal, and 30% longer service life.

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PFERD INC. and PFERD CANADA INC. are North American subsidiaries of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. of Marienheide, Germany, a world leader in the design and manufacture of files, quality abrasive products, cutting tools, brushes and power tools since 1799.

Press Contact:

Jim Ballou
Marketing Manager
30 Jytek Drive
Leominster, MA 01453
ph: 978-571-0614
fax: 978-840-6421



PFERD has developed a line of innovative new burs optimized for machining all steels, including hardened and heat-treated steels. Due to a unique tooth geometry, STEEL Cut burs remove material 30% faster than conventional double-cut burs.

STEEL Cut burs provide smooth, easy-to-control milling operation with reduced vibration and noise, while yielding large chips to reduce dust emissions in the work environment.

Available in 5 U.S. industry-standard bur shapes with ¼” shank.

For more information, email

PFERD INC. is the U.S. subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. of Marienheide, Germany, a world leader in the design and manufacture of quality abrasive products, cutting tools, brushes and power tools since 1799.

Contact: Tim O’Loughlin: 978-571-0651


PFERD Launches Ergonomics Program

PFERD, a leading manufacturer of abrasives and surface finishing tools, is committed to increased safety, health and comfort for end-users.

PFERDERGONOMICS focuses on long-term user health through the reduction of dust, noise and vibration levels, and the improvement of tool haptics. Reducing these workplace hazards improves the work environment and increases worker productivity.

In addition to manufacturing products that minimize these hazards, PFERD offers ERGOSCAN, an on-site service which scientifically compares existing ergonomic loads in the work environment against the recommended PFERDERGONOMICS solution.

PFERD INC. is the U.S. subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. of Marienheide, Germany, a 214 year old world leader in the design and manufacture of quality abrasive products, cutting tools, industrial and maintenance brushes and power tools. ADVANCE BRUSH is a subsidiary of PFERD INC.

Contact John Thompson, National Technical Sales Manager, at

Quick, Easy Tool Changes with New Hole Saw System

March 1, 2013, Leominster, MA
PFERD offers a new time-saving mounting system for simple and fast change-ups of hole saws. The quick change system consists of two pieces: A drive arbor that mounts to the drill; and adapters that mount to each hole saw. By simply attaching an adapter to each hole saw, the hole saw can be instantly attached to and removed from the arbor with the press of a button. This system can be used with hole saw diameters between 9/16” to 6”.
The drive arbors and adapter sets are sold separately. The new Quick-Change drive arbor features a 7/16” hex shank and ships with a ¼” pilot drill. Three piece adapter sets are available in two thread pitches. Each set contains three identical adapters, allowing the user to have three different sized hole saws ready to go.
Quick-Change Hole Saw
For more information and a free data sheet detailing all specifications, operating guidelines, applications and ordering instructions, email or visit
PFERD INC. is theU.S. subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. of Marienheide, Germany, a 214 year old world leader in the design and manufacture of quality abrasive products, cutting tools, brushes and power tools.

PFERD Announces Opening of PFERDACADEMY

New PFERDACADEMY Represents Important Upgrade In Product Training For Distributors

With their stated goal of “To enable sales representatives to become more effective and successful in their job through product knowledge and hands-on experience”, PFERD INC. today announced the opening of the PFERDACADEMY at their manufacturing facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This state-of-the-art training facility is a safe and controlled working environment equipped with a broad selection of power tools and product samples. It is staffed by an experienced team of technical experts all trained at PFERD worldwide headquarters in Marienheide, Germany.

Courses include comprehensive classroom sessions and practical laboratory applications covering PFERD’s complete line of abrasives, TC burs, files, mounted points, specialty abrasive products, brushes and power tools. Training schedules are already being planned for 2013 and consist of sessions that run for two and a half days with meals, lodging and ground transportation to and from airport provided for all attendees. All training manuals and materials are also provided and certificates of completion are awarded to those who complete the program successfully. Distributors are encouraged to contact their PFERD representative to learn more about how they can schedule their sales people for registration in upcoming training sessions.

National Training Manager, Sam Lombardo, directs all PFERD training efforts in the U.S. He has a broad background in the metalworking industry. Phil Benincaso, PFERD Training Manager, who has been with the company for over twenty years, will also have an important role in managing this enhanced program. Other staff members include trainers, Imre Karetka and Kevin Kolb, both PFERD veterans with advanced training completed at PFERD worldwide headquarters in Germany.

In announcing his company’s major commitment to this comprehensive training effort, Sam Lombardo stated, “We are encouraged by the enrollment activity we have already seen and believe distributors recognize that this program will go a long way in making their sales people more effective in demonstrating the advantages and innovations of PFERD products to their customers”.

Enhanced classroom sessions are an important part of the PFERDACADEMY program
Attendees receive hands-on experience at PFERDACADEMY


Newly Purchased Abrasive Manufacturer to Continue to Operate Independently
November 1, 2012, Dayton, OH

In a joint announcement, PFERD INC., a subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. of Marienheide, Germany, a leading international manufacturer of abrasive tools, industrial brushes and power tools, and Superior Abrasives of Dayton, Ohio, a leader in surface finishing technology since 1961, today reported that Superior Abrasives had been acquired by the RÜGGEBERG GROUP. The company will be named Superior Abrasives LLC.

Superior Abrasives LLC will be owned by the RÜGGEBERG GROUP, Germany. PFERD INC. and SUPERIOR ABRASIVES LLC will continue to operate independently of one another. Superior President, Mrs. Lynne Henson, will remain with Superior headquarters and manufacturing facility which will remain in Dayton, Ohio. As part of this independent operating plan, all Superior employees, including manufacturing, sales, sales agents, marketing, administrative and executive staff will remain with their company where they will continue to function independently, as before the acquisition. Further, all PFERD employees will remain at their current locations and the two sales organizations will not be able to sell each other’s products. All distribution channels will remain the same. Existing PFERD distributors not already authorized to purchase Superior Abrasives will not have automatic access to the Superior line. The same applies to existing Superior Abrasives distributors who will not have automatic access to PFERD products.

Superior Abrasives was originally founded in 1961 by Herbert Cook and, in recent years, owned by his son, Paul Cook, and his wife, Jean Cook. Today, they are best known for their coated, non-woven, grinding and polishing products including quick-change discs, pressure sensitive adhesive discs, cartridge rolls and conversion of surface conditioning materials. The majority of their business is in the U.S. but sales also come from Canada, Mexico and Europe.

PFERD INC. has been operating in the U.S. for over 30 years and is a subsidiary of a 213 year old international manufacturer known for its innovative product designs in all areas of industrial metalworking and finishing. The PFERD product range covers over 7,500 grinding, cutting, finishing, polishing, power tools, industrial brushes, and maintenance tools.

Speaking for PFERD INC., President, Gene Huegin, emphasized that Superior Abrasives LLC will remain right where it is. “PFERD welcomes all Superior employees to our RÜGGEBERG family and we look forward to their continuing to function as a separate entity just as they had been and with continued great success”, Huegin stated.

Lynne Henson, President of Superior Abrasives, commented on how the acquisition is seen as a positive from her standpoint. “We are very excited to be part of the RÜGGEBERG family. Our association with PFERD will provide us with additional resources in technology, product development, and increased efficiencies that will ultimately translate to providing even greater value to our customers. With Superior now being part of a major international company that has such a long and successful history, we expect Superior to be even more of a player in industrial abrasive technology leadership and that we can realize even more positive growth results”, Henson said.