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Bourn & Koch Legacy Machine Tools Can be Remanufactured, Retrofitted or Repaired

May 9, 2016

Over the last four decades, through numerous acquisitions Bourn & Koch, Inc. has become the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for a long list of well known, American-made legacy machine tools. Bourn & Koch supports these classic brands and many others with repair parts, technical support and field service: Barber-Colman, Blanchard, Bullard, DeVlieg, Fellows, Motch, King Machine Tool, Acme-Gridley and American Tool Works.

Says Greg Champion, Bourn & Koch vice president of sales and marketing: "We're proud to keep the machines that built American Industry running to this day." With over 600,000 part SKUs in their Rockford facility, Bourn & Koch's comprehensive inventory includes everything from belts, screws, bearings, springs, seals, shafts, switches, knobs, handles, gears, cables, slides, drums, motors, pumps, filters and spindles to complete sub-assemblies. The company also offers OEM manuals along with full rebuild and retrofitting services.

As an OEM, Bourn & Koch has all of the original documentation for every brand they own and knows exactly how the machines were built and what parts are needed to keep them running reliably. Bourn & Koch does not reverse engineer their parts; because, as OEM, they don't have to. When a repair part isn't in stock, a new part can be made from the original detail prints so it will fit without any modification. With a large staff in Rockford of factory-trained service technicians, engineers, precision machine tool assemblers and inspection technicians, Bourn & Koch can remanufacture, retrofit, redesign, rebuild, recondition, and repair worn out machines to keep them 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.