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One Man’s Insider View of Machine Tool History

Albert Albrecht, who spent most of his career in the machine tool industry, remembers when machine tool sales were most often based on personal relationships developed over time-and often over a fine steak dinner and a few drinks.

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Albert Albrecht, who spent most of his career in the machine tool industry, remembers when machine tool sales were most often based on personal relationships developed over time-and often over a fine steak dinner and a few drinks. When Mr. Albrecht was at Monarch Machine Tool, the preferred venue for this "relationship building" was the company's Rod & Gun Club, which was a clubhouse-like structure built of logs in a wooded area of Sidney, Ohio.

Times have changed, and so has the machine tool building industry. Mr. Albrecht has recently published a book recounting his experiences as an engineer, business manager and owner of a machine tool building company. The title is "The American Machine Tool Industry: Its History, Growth & Decline." It's his personal interpretation of what happened during the "Golden Years"; of machine tool building in the United States-part history, part analysis, part warning and part memoir-as his recollections of Monarch's old gun club indicate.


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