“Wells-Index is the only U.S.-based manufacturer producing manual and CNC milling machines in the country. The 80-year-old company is relocating from downtown Muskegon to a larger facility in Muskegon Heights.”
Milling machines are one of the basic metal shaping tools. “
“Milling is the machining process of using rotary cutters to remove material from a workpiece by advancing (or feeding) the cutter into the workpiece at a certain direction. The cutter may also be held at an angle relative to the axis of the tool.”
There are two major manufacturers of the knee type milling machine….Bridgeport and Wells-Index. Business such as Wells-Index are not large nor employ hundreds of people….however they are the foundation of the manufacturing economy.
Even more so is the Model 847 milling machine which uses primary metals to create machined parts.
These are fascinating businesses and would make excellent case studies on the past 80 years and future years.