• MMS Youtube
  • MMS Facebook
  • MMS Linkedin
  • MMS Twitter

Kaiser Thinbit Celebrates 55 Years

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon

Kaiser Tool Co. has been at its current location in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for 25 years. 

Kaiser Tool Co. is celebrating its 55th anniversary. The company was founded in 1964 by William Kaiser with the purpose of supplying small cutting tools for lathes. He decided to make tools starting at 0.004 inch and available in 0.001 inch increments. Because these thin lathe tools were known as “bits,” Thinbit was chosen as the product name.

The first production of Thinbit was done at the home of William and Hazel Kaiser in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Manufacturing was done in the garage, employees used the bathroom and kitchen of the house, and the sales office was in the attic. 

In 1980, Kaiser Tool Co. moved to a site along the St. Mary’s river but in 1982, flooding threatened to destroy the business. The efforts of the employees, along with sand bags from President Ronald Regan, saved the factory.

In 1994, the company built an energy-efficient manufacturing facility. In 2018, Kaiser Tool Co. expanded its facility, adding additional manufacturing space. This year, the original manufacturing floor is being remodeled to improve efficiency and working conditions. This facility includes geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting and waste recycling. 

Hand holding a crystal ball

We’d rather send you $15 than rely on our crystal ball…

It’s Capital Spending Survey season and the manufacturing industry is counting on you to participate! Odds are that you received our 5-minute Metalworking survey from Modern Machine Shop in your mail or email. Fill it out and we’ll email you $15 to exchange for your choice of gift card or charitable donation. Are you in the U.S. and not sure you received the survey? Contact us to access it.

Help us inform the industry and everybody benefits.


  • Tips for Tapping Titanium Alloys

    Creating threaded holes in titanium alloys calls for proper techniques based on an understanding of both the properties of these materials and the peculiarities of the tapping process.

  • Successful Application Of Ceramic Inserts

    Applying ceramic inserts is not a simple substitution of one cutting tool material for another. There are significant process considerations that shops should examine carefully in order to realize performance and tool life expectations from ceramic inserts. Here's a look at some of the ways they are used.

  • Start With The Right Speeds And Feeds

    Running rotary milling cutters at the proper speeds and feeds is critical to obtaining long tool life and superior results, and a good place to start is with the manufacturer's recommendations. These formulas and tips provide useful guidelines.