Hardinge Inc. is forming a new distributor alliance with three U.S. chains — Gosiger Inc., Hartwig Inc., and Morris Group Inc. The three distributorships will have exclusive sales and support responsibilities for Hardinge products “in virtually all of the United States,” the machine tool builder stated.
Current Hardinge distributors and direct sales and service support groups will be replaced over the coming months.
Dayton, OH-based Gosiger operates 15 facilities in 15 states; Hartwig owns and operates eight offices in 14 Central and Mountain states; and Morris Group Inc. will have five subsidiaries representing Hardinge in portions of 21 states.
Hardinge designs and builds CNC lathes, machining centers, cylindrical and jig grinding machines, and technologically advanced workholding and rotary products. Its customers are metalworking manufacturers and machine shops supplying the aerospace, agricultural, transportation, basic consumer goods, communications and electronics, construction, defense, energy, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and recreation industries, among others.
Hardinge has manufacturing operations in the U.S., Switzerland, Taiwan, and China.
"We are honored to be working with this caliber of companies that will sell and support our products in the U.S. market," said Hardinge President and CEO Rick Simons. "All three distributors bring at least 50 years of history and a team of well-trained sales, service and applications people to assist in future sales and provide service support on existing Hardinge equipment in the field.
“Adding our brand names take these three companies back to the roots of machine tool representation where they each began decades ago. Their reputations as capable, comprehensive, and professional organizations make for a perfect fit with Hardinge," he continued.