Monday, 14 May 2018 10:32

Rex-Cut Abrasives Celebrating 90 Years in Business

Rex-Cut Abrasives, a premium abrasives manufacturer, is celebrating its 90th year in business. Rex-Cut’s specialty abrasive material was invented in 1928 and over the following 9 decades the Massachusetts based company engineered, refined, and customized cotton-fiber abrasive products for metalworking industries

HISTORY

rex cut 90 year logoIn 1928 Edward Hurst, MIT graduate and Process Engineer, invented the technique of embedding abrasive grain in non-woven cotton-fiber while working for United Cotton Products in Boston, MA. United Cotton Products was a division of Rexall Drug and Chemical Company operating out of Fall River, MA. The original product was named “Fluff-Tex” and a patent was filed for the manufacturing process in 1935

In 1960, Edward Hurst retired from United Cotton Products and his son, Robert H. Hurst, took over management. After this transition, the business changed hands several times before officially being called Rex-Cut Products in 1969.

Up until the early 1970’s, Rex-Cut manufactured and sold only bulk rolls of fabric for conversion to large abrasive companies. At this time Robert H. Hurst began purchasing equipment and converting the Rex-Cut abrasive material in-house. Rex-Cut’s first finish products were Type 27 Grinding wheels. Abrasive discs designed to sharpen gardening tools and lawn mower blades were second. Type 1 wheels followed and Mounted Points began being manufactured several years later. In 1978, Rex-Cut built a 60,000 square ft. facility located in the Fall River Industrial Park where it still operates today.

In 2008, Rex-Cut was sold to the employees as a 100% ESOP company, making it one of roughly 7,000 Employee Owned businesses in the United States today. In most recent news, the company began doing business as Rex-Cut Abrasives in 2011.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Rex-Cut is the oldest and primary manufacturer of cotton-fiber abrasive grinding and finishing products in the world. Over the years the small line has expanded to serve metalworking industries globally. Rex-Cut’s first international account was set up in the late 1970’s, and now the company ships to 54 countries.

The product line has grown and evolved to match cutting-edge applications and industries as well. Rex-Cut currently manufactures products for innovative applications such as jet engine turbine blade profiling, automotive braze blending, and 3D printing finish work.

PARTNERS

Rex-Cut began establishing its own network of industrial distributors to sell the Rex-Cut brand of finished abrasive products in the 1970’s. This network was and still is instrumental in spreading the Rex-Cut name and products throughout the United States and worldwide.

“At our 90 year mark we are reflecting on our history, dedicated team, and recognizing our loyal business partners,” said Bob Costa, President of Rex-Cut Abrasives. “We have a total of 228 Distributors that have been with us for over 20 years and we wouldn’t have reached this milestone without their help.”

To celebrate 9 decades in manufacturing, Rex-Cut will be selecting 9 of their long standing distributors to receive a gift. A celebration with all employee owners will take place in the fall.

“We want to thank our dedicated distributors and employees for their years of partnership and service,” said Bob Costa, President of Rex-Cut Abrasives. “We are looking forward to many more years of providing safe and efficient products for metalworking industries.”

Rex-Cut Distributors for Over 20 Years

A & A RESOURCE, LLC

A & M JEWEL TOOLS & SUPPLY

A .G. KIMBERLY COD

A L COMPRESSED GASES

A.A. CASEY CO

ABATIX CORPORATION

ABRASIFS JMB, INC

ABRASIVE SPECIALISTS, INC

ABRASIVE SPECIALTY INDUST'L

ABRASIVE SPECIALTY, INC

ABRASIVE TOOL CORP

ABRASIVES & TOOL SUPPLY

ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

AERO TOOL AND SUPPLY, INC.

AFI ALTERNATIVES FOR INDUSTRY

AIR STAR

AIRGAS

A-L WELDING SUPPLY

ALLIED FASTENER & TOOL, INC

ALRO INDUSTRIAL

AMERICAN ABRASIVE TOOL, INC

AMERICAN JEWELRY SUPPLY, INC

AMERICAN WELDING & CONSTRUCTION

ANDREW GAULT PTY LTD

APD INDUSTRIAL

APTEX, INC

ARC3 GASES

ASSOCIATED CHEMICALS & ABRASIVES

ATCO, INC

B C SALES SERVICE

BERKS INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

BEST ENGINEERING, LLC

BIBB TOOL & CUTTER, INC

BITS BLESSENT IND TOOL SUPPLY

BLACK & CO

BLACKHAWK INDUSTRIAL

BONNEVILLE INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

BORO SUPPLY CO, INC

BRAMMALL SUPPLY CO

BROWN STAR PRODUCTS

BURNS POWER TOOLS

C4, INC

CENTRAL TOOL SUPPLY, INC

CHANDLER & FARQUHAR CO

CHANDLER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES

CHARLESTON TOOL CO

COLORADO DISTRIBUTING MRO

COLUMBUS SERVICE SUPPLY

CONRAD BLASIUS EQUIPMENT CO

CONWAY INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

CRUMPTON WELDING SUPPLY & EQUIPMENT

D.W. SALES, INC

DAMON & CO, INC

DB INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO, INC

DEWITT TOOL CO, INC

DGI SUPPLY

DIEMOULD SERVICE CO

DILLON  SUPPLY

DISTRIBUTION NOW

DMS ILLINOIS

DMS INDUSTRIAL, LLC

DAYTON SUPPLY & TOOL

DXP ENTERPRISES

EISON INDUSTRIAL SALES, INC

EMJ INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, INC

EMPIRE MACHINERY & SUPPLY

ENDRIES INTERNATIONAL

ENGMAN TAYLOR CO, INC

F & M MAFCO, INC

F G QUALITY SUPPLY COMPANY

FASTENAL COMPANY

FAYJAN TOOL SALES CO

FLORIDA MARINE & IND'L ABRASIVES

FULLMER INDUSTRIAL SALES

FULTON SUPPLY COMPANY

G.F. LASSWELL CO, INC

GARD DISTRIBUTING CO

GAS & SUPPLY

GENERAL AIR SERVICE & SUPPLY

GENERAL FACTORY WD SUPPLY

GENERAL IND'L TOOL & SUPPLY

GENERAL WELDING SUPPLY

GLOBAL ABRASIVE PRODUCTS

GM ABRASIVES

GOLDEN INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO

GRAINGER

GREENHILL SUPPLY, LLC

GULF SALES & SUPPLY, INC

H.D. CHASEN CO, INC

HACKETT TOOL, INC

HAGGARD & STOCKING ASSOCIATES, INC

HANES SUPPLY, INC

HATCH GRINDING WHEEL

HAUN WELDING SUPPLY, INC

HENDERSON INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

HIGH PLAINS GAS & SUPPLY

HOLSTON GASES, INC

HORIZON SOLUTIONS LLC

HOUSTON TOOL & HOIST CO, INC

HUB INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

IAC SUPPLY SOLUTION RCH

IMPERIAL TOOL CO

IMPORTATION UNITEC IMPORT

INDUSTRIAL DIAMOND PRODUCTS CO

INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CENTER

INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO

INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO

IOWA MACHINERY & SUPPLY

ITS, DIVISION OF A&M IND'L

JEWELRY TOOL & SUPPLY CO

JOHNSTON INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

JONES WELDING & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

KAMAN INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES

KAUFMAN COMPANY, INC

KBC TOOLS, INC

KEEN COMPRESSED GAS CO

KENTUCKIANA CONTRACTOR & INDUSTRIAL

KIPPER TOOL CO

KTEC EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

KTS TOOLING SUPPLY, INC

L & M TOOL & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

LANDA INTERNATIONAL, INC

LEADERS MANUFACTURING, INC

LIBERTY TOOL CO, INC

LUKEN SUPPLY CO, INC

M & H SUPPLY & EQUIPMENT

  1. LEMIEUX, INC

MACHINE TOOL & SUPPLY CORP

MADSEN & HOWELL TOOL KRIB SUPPLY

MAGIC VALLEY ABRASIVES

MALLORY SAFETY & SUPPLY

MARTIN SUPPLY

MARTIN SUPPLY

MATHESON TRI-GAS

MATRIX ABRASIVES

MAXWELL PRODUCTS CORP

MCMASTER CARR SUPPLY CO

MEASURECUT 2000 PTY, LTD

METAALTECHNIEK

METAL FASTENER SUPPLY CO, INC

METAL FINISHING SYSTEMS

MIDWAY INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

MIDWEST TOOL & SUPPLY

MILLER WELDING SUPPLY

MISSISSIPPI WELDERS SUPPLY CO

MOLD & DIE TECHNOLOGY

MORCON INDUSTRIAL SPECIALTY

MOTION INDUSTRIES

MSC INDUSTRIAL

MUENZ ENGINEERED SALES CO

NEILL LAVIELLE INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES

NEXAIR, LLC

NORCO, INC

OFIELD INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, INC

OLIVER VAN HORN CO, LLC

OUTIL ULTRA TOOL

OXARC, INC

PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO

PATCO, INC

PATHON CO

PERFORMANCE TOOL & ABRASIVES

PILOT P.B., INC

POWER TOOLS & ABRASIVES

PRAXAIR DISTRIBUTION

PRECISION ABRASIVES CORP

PRODUCTION TOOL SUPPLY

PRODUCTION TOOL SYSTEMS, INC

PROFESSIONAL PLATING SERVICES

QUALITY MILL SUPPLY CO, INC

QUALITY TOOL & EQUIPMENT CORP

R & B TOOLING & SUPPLIES, INC

R.G. BREWTON, INC

REMCO SUPPLY, INC

REPLENEX

RICHARDS SUPPLY CO

ROBERTS OXYGEN

ROMANOFF INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY CORP

RONCO INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO

RUTLAND TOOL & SUPPLY

S & S SUPPLIES & SOLUTIONS

SASSOUNIAN MACHINES & TOOLS

SHAW WELDING SUPPLY

SHIVELY BROTHERS, INC

SHOP TOOLS, INC

SKY TOOL & FASTENER

SPECTRUM ABRASIVES LTD

STATE INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY, INC

STEINER ELECTRIC CO

STELLAR INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

STERLING SUPPLY CO

STICKS & STONES UNLIMITED, INC

SUMABRITE PRODUCTS PTY LTD

T & A INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTORS

TECH AIR COMPANIES

TECH SERVICE PRODUCTS, INC

TECK TOOL SUPPLY COMPANY

TEMPE ABRASIVES, INC

TERRY SUPPLY CO

TIEMANN INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

TIP TOP SALES CO, INC

TODD TOOL & ABRASIVE SYSTEMS, INC

TOOLING UNLIMTED, INC

TURNER SUPPLY CO

TURTLE & HUGHES, INC

UNION INDUSTRIAL GASES GROUP

UNITED ABRASIVE

UNITED SURFACE PREPARATION

VALLEN DISTRIBUTION

VERMONT WELDING SUPPLY CO

VICTOR WELDING SUPPLY

VIRGINIA ABRASIVES & TOOLS

  1. LEWIS SALES CO

WAITES ABRASIVES & TOOLS

WATERS INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

WAYNE TOOL & SUPPLY CO, INC

WELDERS SUPPLY

WELDERS WAREHOUSE

WELDOR'S SUPPLY HOUSE, INC

WESCO GAS & WELDING SUPPLY

WESCO INTEGRATED SUPPLY

WESTERN TOOL & SUPPLY CO

WIL-CUT CO, INC

WOLSELEY INDUSTRIAL GROUP

WURTH INDUSTRIES

XODE, IN

More About Rex-Cut
Rex-Cut Abrasives provides the Metalworking industry with high performance, non-woven cotton fiber and other premium abrasive products, improving the daily grind for a worldwide customer network. The company is the oldest and primary manufacturer of cotton-fiber abrasive grinding and finishing products in the world. Rex-Cut products are specialized for use on Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Mild Steel, and Exotic Metals. A 100% employee-owned organization, Rex-Cut offers many other specialty products for use on a variety of grinding, deburring, blending, and finishing applications.

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