At Andrew Tool, we are proud of our history and accomplishments. We have a long history of excellence, trailing back to the seeds of our company that were planted in the 1960s.
Dave Dulebohn was employed by Dayon Rogers Company as an engineer on the Andrew Project, developing tracer milling machines.
Dave Dulebohn purchased the tracer milling machine-building business rights and started his own company, Andrew Engineering.
Andrew Engineering’s original product was a tracer milling machine that controlled the tool path with an optical tracer that followed a line on a specially created precision drawing.
Andrew Engineering released a 2nd generation of the Made in USA Andrew 123 and 125 Wire EDMs incorporating an in-house designed power supply. Producing most components in-house required Andrew to acquire substantial grinding and tool-making capabilities and capacity.
The contract jobbing division, Andrew Tool, moved to another building.
Andrew Engineering became very successful with the building and marketing of the wire EDM system.
Charmilles purchased Andrew Engineering, and the company became Charmilles/Andrew.
Norb Fischer formulated a plan to spin off the tool division from Charmilles with the financial help of Dave Dulebohn, Dave’s wife Eleanor Dulebohn, and Dr. Winston Lindberg as investors. The new company is named Andrew Tool Company.
Utilizing Dr. Lindberg’s advice as an ophthalmologist and Dave’s engineering design skills, the company ventured into ophthalmic instrument building. The venture was successful enough to attract a contract with a large firm in Texas, Alcon Surgical.
Bruce Hanson and Randy Mattis bought out Norb. Norb subsequently retired.
Andrew Tool had its first foray into manufacturing space components, machining 14 components for the actuators that drive the 7.5 ft arm of the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity. This successful project led to future involvement with NASA (Goddard & JPL) missions and instruments.