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    Rex-Cut Abrasives: 90 Years in Manufacturing

    rex-cut_90_year_logoRex-Cut has reached its 90th year in business! We owe this longevity to the dedicated employee owners, loyal distributors, and innovative end-users. So throughout 2018, we are celebrating our history, achievements, and partnerships!

    HISTORY

    In 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.

    edward_hurst-798x1024Edward Hurst, inventor of Rex-Cut’s abrasive material.
    rex-cut_catalog-798x1024Rex-Cut catalog from early 1970’s
    building_1978-798x1024Rex-Cut’s building during construction in 1978

    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 we now ship 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.

    fabtech_2017-1024x769Rex-Cut Abrasives team at Fabtech 2017

    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, we will be selecting 9 of our 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

    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, INCZ
    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
    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
    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, INC
     
     

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