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Our Differentiators

Choosing us for your manufactured products puts you in good company. Back in 1982, Illinois Tool Works was in search of a close tolerance machining operation located in an out-state area supported by a technical college. They wanted to establish a stream of qualified machinists in an operation that would be located near a major transportation system.

In Alexandria, Minnesota we offered all of that and more. Our profile included the nationally ranked Alexandria Technical College, a location on Interstate 94, and an airport capable of handling commercial aircraft. We employed engineers and machinists experienced in programming, set-up and operations. Our quality was impeccable. That was then, and we’ve only matured and expanded upon those compelling attributes during the past 27 years. We are ITW Heartland. Illinois Tool Works was excited to find us then, and you will be now!

In the machining industry, nearly anyone can remove metal and end up with “the correct” part. So what makes ITW Heartland so different? We are more than a job shop. We are a trusted partner who will simplify business and drive more money to your bottom line!


We are a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and have been in business for more than 40 years. We love what we do and where we live. It has not been uncommon for our professionals to retire with 25 years of service in our company. Do you need a partner that has longevity and plans to be around to serve your future? We have a legacy that speaks to that assurance.


Our experienced people are the backbone of our company. Our team has more than 50 years of experience in the machining industry. Each of the 35 team members is able to program from scratch using Virtual Gibbs or import from solid modeling software. They set-up 100% of their jobs, and run start to finish. These professionals have state-of-the-art inspection tools to make the perfect parts every time.


We believe ISO certification and registrations are important to you. Many of our customers have asked us to gain registration and expertise that will ensure competency and quality in our ongoing partnership. We have ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications in both Manufactured Products and Spiroid.


We aspire to be the very best supplier. We encourage you to gauge us, grade us, and critique us. And if you find a gap, we ask that you inform us. It is likely we will respond with an aspiration to measure up. That’s what partners do.


Our commitment to quality is legendary. We have operated under the adage that “good enough is never good enough”. Each employee is responsible for the quality of their work, but also knows that our customers have the final word on the definition of quality. We employ inspection processes and equip our team members with state of the art tools. Commitment covers a lot of ground at ITW Heartland, whether it’s quality, on time delivery, training, continuous improvement or any of our other focus areas. We work to be the best.


Removing metal to fabricate parts is not where elimination ends. As a trusted partner, we work to remove inefficiencies and costs to improve your business. Whether soft costs, expediting, inspections on location, inventory, billing errors, returns, or anything else you need eliminated, we will show you how a partnership with ITW Heartland can eliminate costs and hassles for you.

As you can tell, we are different. In 1982 we displayed the mettle that Illinois Tool Works needed. Today, we stand before you and invite you to Gear Up to an ITW Heartland partnership as well. You will be in good company.