James O. Perkins Era (1917-1997)
|Superior Machine and Tool was started in 1943 by James O. Perkins. James was born in 1917 in Muncie, Indiana. His career began as an apprenticeship at Warner Gear in Muncie in 1936. Five years later, he moved to Fort Wayne to work at Studebaker until in 1943 when he began a small machine shop of the family home on 1401 Pemberton drive, the start of Superior Machine and Tool.|
|Two years later, he moved Superior to 710 Buchanan St. and he started working at Wayne Tooling and engineering, the following Christmas he built the landmark miniature Army Jeep for his boys for Christmas in 1946.|
|In 1955, Superior moved again, into 1810-1812 South Anthony Boulevard, where in 1958 they built the very first steel hull pontoon boat. In 1961 Superior expanded its horizons a bit when James O. Perkins purchased majority ownership in Precision Aircraft Products in Kendallville, Indiana.|
|Superior Machine & Tool were living up to their name and mission by purchasing on the first Pratt & Whitney “Tap-o-Matic” drilling machines in the Fort Wayne Area. A year later they moved to 2301 Pennsylvania St. and it was there that they designed and built the first square bologna lunch meat machine for Eckrich meats. In 1960, James C. Perkins, son of James O., began working at Superior on a full-time basis.|
In 1965, James O. sold his interest in Precision Aircraft Products and one year later started a new division of Superior Machine & Tool called Contours Machine Corp, which specialized in tracer lathes and mills.Thirteen years later, in 1979, James C. Perkins started Rite-Way Machine Products, a company that will last through 2006.
In 1985, Michal S. Perkins, son of James C. Perkins begins working at both Superior Machine & Tool and Rite-Way Machine Products on a part time basis.
|Superior continues to upgrade their machine line with their first CNC lathe – a Daewoo Puma 10s and CNC Machining Center Mori Seiki MV JR in 1987.|
James C. Perkins Era (1942-2012)
In 1991, they built a 15,000 sqft building at 6911 Trafalgar St., their current location.
In 1997, James O. Perkins passed away, leaving behind an astounding legacy for his son and grandson to run and innovate.
Also in 1997, Superior won a bid to produce 15 million Delco Remy “shunts” per year, a job which lasts over 10 years. In 2008, the contract ended with over 150 million parts produced at 0 PPM.
In 2011, Superior Machine and Tool added 5,000 sqft. Onto the existing building for warehouse space, and one year later, purchased their first Doosan TT1800SLY, a double turret, double spindle machine.
James C. Perkins passed away in 2012, the legacy he received from his father now passed on to his own son.
Michael S. Perkins Era (1969-present)
In 2013, Michael S. Perkins in partnership with Chad Lambert, start Rite-Way Blasting, a company that does production bead blasting for surface prep.
A year later, Michael Perkins and Todd Bauer started Rite-Way Arms, a company to produce fire-arms accessories.