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Taking Open Die Forging Forward, Together.

Scot Forge is proud to be a 100% employee-owned manufacturer of custom open die forgings and seamless rolled rings. Starting as a small hammer shop in Chicago in 1893, Scot Forge has over 125 years of experience. Today we have the capability to forge parts weighing up to 300,000 lbs., and roll seamless rings up to 252" in diameter. Operating with more than 1.3 million sq.ft. of manufacturing space between our five plants, over 250 million lbs. of forgings are shipped from Scot Forge annually.

Celebrating 125 years of forging excellence

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In 1893, The A. Kropp Forge Company was little more than a blacksmith shop, where workers performed all tasks by hand. The Chicago area was booming in the 1890s, but by mid-decade a financial panic overtook the nation.

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Business did not recover until the outbreak of World War II. Demand continued after the war and into the Korean War in the early 1950s. This photo shows one of the large hammers placed into service.

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Prior to the use of modern, mobile manipulators and hydraulic presses, forging work was done by hand, with spider-like manual manipulating tools. This picture taken of Scot Forge employees in the Cicero Plant, shows that workers had to be strong, hardy and filled with stamina to handle the demands of the physical labor.

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The addition of this 8,000 lb. hammer with the innovative rotator allowed Scot Forge to enter the forged round bar market with the steel service centers.

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Plant and office staff pose for this 1948 photo. A. Kropp and Company had been incorporated as the Kruse Forgings company in 1914 and the name was changed to Atlas Forging Company in 1916. It wouldn't be known as Scot Forge Company until 1978, coinciding with the institution of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).