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Clare Goldsberry

April 5, 2016

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Bridge Tool and Die buys American Die and Mold

Bridge Tool and Die, a manufacturer of carbide and steel tooling for extrusion, deep draw, cold heading and end form tooling markets, announced the purchase of American Die and Mold (ADM). Both companies are based in Buckley, MI. The acquisition of ADM continues Bridge Tool and Die’s strategy to grow in the tooling markets by bringing its machining and marketing expertise to the injection molding space.

ADM has been serving the mold and die industry since 1985, supplying tooling for automotive, building trades, medical, aerospace and a range of other industries.

The merging of these two companies expands Bridge Tool and Die’s capabilities by doubling its manufacturing square footage, bringing in expertise in machining injection molds and adding CNC milling and related equipment.

Greg Mort, Business Manager at Bridge Tool and Die, told PlasticsToday that the companies’ facilities are located across the street from one another. Bridge Tool will maintain both buildings, but it has moved Bridge Tool’s steel machining equipment into the ADM facility, and moved ADM’s carbide cutting equipment to Bridge Tool’s building.

Bridge Tool and Die now has 18 employees in the combined company. Founded in 2005, Bridge Tool started out with four employees. While Bridge Tool also serves the automotive industry, Mort explained that most of the work consists of components for Tier 1 suppliers such as air bag components, as well as producing the dies that extrude the aluminum for the new aluminum Ford F-150 truck.

Glenn Bridgman, President and Owner of Bridge Tool and Die, commented, “In the past Bridge Tool and Die’s main strength was in machining carbide materials. This partnership broadens our capabilities with additional equipment and processes to expand our metal machining business while at the same time bringing customers more options as a one-stop source for tooling.

“As an ISO-certified company, we bring a quality mind set to the production of molds and dies. This, coupled with our extraordinary customer service, will help our customers meet their tooling needs on time and with unparalleled quality. This acquisition is setting up Bridge Tool and Die to be a dominant tooling shop in Northern Michigan and a great place to work,” added Bridgman.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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