Bourn & Koch has been manufacturing new - and refurbishing legacy - machine tools in the USA for over forty years. The company's production machine tool shop includes over two dozen American-made horizontal boring machines, gear manufacturing machines, turning machines, grinders and milling machines divided into six main manufacturing departments: Milling/Boring, Turning, Hobbing, Grinding, Scraping, and Electrical Assembly. Other key departments within Bourn & Koch's 147,000 square feet of manufacturing space are in-house repair, quality/inspection, engineering, shipping and receiving, sales and training and a large stockroom with 600,000 spare part inventory.
Bourn & Koch remanufactures, retrofits, redesigns, rebuilds, reconditions and repairs worn out equipment to keep "the machines that built American Industry" running for decades to come. The company has completed over 2,500 of these projects since 1975, often incorporating new technology into older machines, making improvements in accuracy and reliabilities superior to the original OEM tolerances.
Bourn & Koch also manufactures several lines of new, American machine tools in Rockford, including vertical turning centers, vertical grinding machines, surface grinders, horizontal boring machines, volume production machines and gear hobbers, gear shapers, gear grinders and special gear machines. These new machines are sold under the brand names: Bourn & Koch, Fellows, Motch, Springfield, Blanchard and DeVlieg. Over the last four decades, through numerous acquisitions, Bourn & Koch has become the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for a long list of well known, USA-made legacy machine tools including these classic brands. As an OEM, Bourn & Koch has all of the original documentation for every brand they own - so the new machines built by Bourn & Koch are an improvement on the time-tested designs of each legacy machine tool brand.
The company's production equipment list includes, specifically, a remanufactured Gray floor HBM, which is a very large capacity horizontal boring machine used to machine Bourn & Koch's new machine tool bases. They also have a large capacity Fellows 1280-300 CNC gear shaper, a remanufactured Mattison 36x144 large reciprocating horizontal surface grinder and a Blanchard No. 11 vertical rotary surface grinder. Rounding out their equipment list are many more American-made machine tools: remanufactured DeVlieg horizontal boring mills, numerous Barber-Colman gear hobbers and Bourn & Koch CNC gear hobbers, numerous Hendey and Monarch horizontal lathes, Arter, Bryant and Norton grinders and CNC milling machines and small Bridgeport mills. All of Bourn & Koch's remanufactured machines were done in-house. A 35-ton crane with 10-ton auxiliary capacity and 30 feet under the hook in their high-bay assembly area; two 20-ton cranes (one with a five ton auxiliary) in their main assembly area; and up to 4000lb cranes in each assembly bay further demonstrates their large-scale manufacturing capacity.
Bourn & Koch's 60-plus person Rockford staff includes: electrical and mechanical engineers, precision repair technicians, dedicated quality inspectors, dedicated stockroom employees, and a full customer care specialist team which includes a service coordinator and senior applications engineer who help Bourn & Koch to respond to customers quickly and accurately. The company's growing staff is also comprised of factory-trained service technicians, precision machine tool assemblers, and numerous precision machine tool builders experienced in the lost-art of hand-scraping. In fact, Bourn & Koch hosts classes on the basics of hand scraping machine tool way surfaces (which ensures proper lubrication and alignment of machines) at their Rockford facility in an effort to pass this important skill along to future generations. Further evidence of Bourn & Koch's interest in educating America's future machine tool builders and operators are the internships they host for local college students during the summer. Bourn & Koch is a member of the AMT, IMA and AGMA.