Columbia Manufacturing Services was created as a unique division of Columbia Machine, Inc., dedicated to offering a full range of contract manufacturing services including fabrication, machining, assembly and full equipment production to companies who could benefit from our substantial capabilities. We have committed the necessary resources to this division to make it a success and look forward to offering a “one stop solution” to a wide variety of companies.
In 1937, an ambitious 23-year-old named Fred Neth, Sr. borrowed $800 to open a small shop, Columbia Forge and Machine Works, on Main Street in Vancouver, Washington. Columbia tackled a variety of jobs at the beginning, including repairing the primitive block machines of the time. While learning the intricacies of the manually operated block machines, Fred decided that Columbia could design and build a better machine. In 1945, Columbia pioneered and built a hydraulically operated machine that would semi-automatically produce two 8x4x12-inch blocks at a time - an industry first. Shortly thereafter, Columbia built the first hydraulic machine to make two standard 8x8x16-inch blocks. Because of the precision and quality of blocks, these machines could easily produce, the building public accepted the new Columbia block machines enthusiastically.
Over the next several years, Columbia continued to perfect the block machine. We began engineering and building equipment to handle the upstream aggregates and downstream products. In 1955, we moved to our present location on Grand Boulevard in Vancouver, where we were incorporated as Columbia Machine, Inc. By 1957, we had established a firm position as a leading manufacturer in the USA, and began expanding our market across the globe.
Today, Columbia is recognized in over 100 countries on six continents as the leader in quality, innovation, durability and customer service, including North America, Latin America and South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, China, the Pacific Rim and Canada.
Palletizer Division History
During the 1960"s Columbia Machine began leveraging their experience manufacturing automated handling systems related to concrete block plants and develop similar equipment to be sold into the automated palletizing industry. Supplying this type of equipment into consumer products companies created diversification for Columbia and their customer base expanded to include companies like Proctor and Gamble and Kimberly-Clark. This division has grown through the years to eventually hold the number 1 position in the US palletizing market.
Manufacturing Services Division History
Columbia Manufacturing Services was created as a unique division of Columbia Machine, Inc., dedicated to offering a full range of contract manufacturing services including fabrication, machining, assembly and full equipment production to companies who could benefit from our substantial capabilities. We have committed the necessary resources to this division to make it a success and look forward to offering a “one -top solution” to a wide variety of manufacturers in the Portland Metro and Vancouver, Washington area. We have evolved into the "Manufacturing Partner" with several companies, and process parts through our manufacturing resources, as if their parts are parts developed for our own product lines. Columbia has expanded our inventory strategies to include our contract parts, and offer JIT deliveries from our inventory for customers aligned with those strategies. Columbia Machine enjoys the additional diversification provided by this division, and is seeking to grow our customer base and business volume.
Columbia Manufacturing Services Division (CMSD) employs a variety of professional veterans of industrial products manufacturing. With these resources we strive for prompt and professional communication, coupled with direct feedback regarding DFM opportunities, and fit with our capabilities. We provide Project Management for orders under way and Project Designers to assist in the process of converting our customer's engineered product models and drawings, into media required for our integrated manufacturing processes. Our team, coupled with and supported by the over 400 employees of Columbia, is well equipped to support our customer's manufacturing needs.
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