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Powermatic Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Powermatic Celebrates 100th Anniversary

La Vergne, TN – It was 1921 when the U.S. formally ended World War I by declaring peace with Germany. In a cross-town rivalry, the New York Giants beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. And in McMinnville, TN, Lumberyard Manager Leonard F. Smith, Sr. designed and built what would become the first Powermatic planer.

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Smith believed that the planer was the solution to providing his lumber yard with an edge over competitors by offering a better product. Once he saw how quickly customers were impressed by the planer’s results, he knew he was on to something. The planer he crafted cleanly cut flat boards of even thickness from rough lumber better than any other tool of the day. As word spread about the innovative planer, Smith filled orders to build four more planers for local woodworkers. Not long afterward, he decided to enter the manufacturing business full-time. 
In 1928, Smith moved his shop to a larger facility in town and named the fast-growing business Powermatic Machinery Company. He introduced several other new products, and it wasn’t long until the brand became known as “The Gold Standard.”  It was 26 years later in 1954 that Smith’s sons began managing the business and constructed a 38,000 sq. ft. factory on the outskirts of McMinnville. 
Today, Powermatic has joined forces with JET Tools, Wilton Tool Company, Edwards Manufacturing and Baileigh Industrial to form JPW Industries, which is owned by Gamut Capital Management.  The company operates out of its 400,000 sq. ft. facility in La Vergne, TN, which is only 72 miles from their original McMinnville plant.
 “At Powermatic, we’re proud of our 100-year track record as a premier builder of woodworking machines,” said Tobias Bridges, Director of Product Management – Woodworking. “We are diligent about applying that experience and expertise to every new product we develop. Product quality, durability and innovation remain paramount in all we do to help woodworkers create and shape their dream projects. Woodworking professionals and hobbyists depend on Powermatic, and it’s that level of reliability and support they expect from “The Gold Standard.” 

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021