Superior Pneumatic & Manufacturing is celebrating its 80th year in business. The company, which was founded in 1932, has a long and storied history, company officials said.
“Superior Pneumatic started making air tools when Herbert Hoover was president,” said Robert Januska, the company’s vice president and general manager. “During World War II, our tools were used in shipyards and factories throughout America to help build the ships, tanks and planes we used in the war.”
While many of the company’s products have changed, Januska said they are built to be rugged and last for a lifetime.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our original tools are still on the job,” he said. “It’s gratifying to see the many letters and emails we receive from customers praising us for the quality of our tools and the quality of our service.”
Superior Pneumatic officials said that its tools are also famous for dramatically reducing manufacturing time. For example, fabricating plants using the company’s lock-seam tool claim that one operator’s production equals that of eight hand-hammering workers.
The company’s product line includes the Bantam Bully air hammer, used for chipping, weld scaling and assembly; a Riveting air hammer specially designed for heavy riveting, rivet busting and heavy cutting jobs; the Big Bully, a needle scaler that converts to a standard scaling hammer for weld scaling, chipping and riveting; and the Vertical Air Grinder for heavy metal removing and finishing.