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DeVlieg Machine Co

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DeVlieg Machine Co founded in Michigan by Charles B. DeVlieg.

Charles B. DeVlieg developed a series of increasingly precise horizontal boring machines which culminated in the JIGMIL. This was so accurate that it did not require expensive jigs and was adopted extensively throughout industry, selling 4,500 units. The first JIGMIL is now in the Henry Ford Museum and Charles DeVlieg has entered the US Machine Tool Hall of Fame.[1]

At some point the company became a parent of the subsidiary DeVlieg of Lutterworth. The firm took over the Lutterworth works from Alfred Herbert which had been building the DeVlieg Jigmils for decades.

1981 DeVlieg Lutterworth shipped two Jigmils a month to the USA works to help plug an 18 month backlog of orders on the parent company and fend off competition.[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Engineer 1981/05/21