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General Tool Company Celebrates 75 Years

(l-r) Greg and Bill Kramer of GTC in front of a US Navy Destroyer Generator.

General Tool Company (GTC) is celebrating 75 years. One of the leading precision metalworking manufacturing firms in the Midwest, this third-generation, family-owned company supplies mission critical systems to leading defense and aerospace companies.

GTC was founded by William J. Kramer Sr. to support the Cincinnati area manufacturing industry. Kramer received his apprenticeship certificate for machining at the age of 19 and, eventually, became the Metal Trades instructor at St. Bernard High School. He became a leading advocate of vocational training in the city and in various national metalworking trade associations as well. To gain practical experience, students made parts for local companies such as Procter & Gamble. With encouragement from his contacts at the larger manufacturing companies, Bill started his own machine shop in 1947 with six employees in a 5,000 sq. ft. building in the suburb of Reading, OH. GTC is still in the same location, but the company has grown to 275 team members occupying five buildings that total 300,000 sq. ft.

From industrial equipment to space exploration, GTC has manufactured a wide array of components and systems for a diverse customer base over the past seven and a half decades. Today, the work on the factory floor includes prototype aircraft engine hardware, carbon fiber parts for the F-35 Stealth fighter, 40-ton electrical generators for US Navy ships, radar systems, aircraft carrier launch systems and nuclear submarine components.

Today the company is led by Gregory A. Kramer, Chief Technology Officer, and his brother William J. Kramer III, the company's President.

"We understand the importance of our mission and our customer's mission; and we take pride in providing products that protect American warfighters every day around the world. Our clients demand the highest level of quality and accountability, and our skilled workforce delivers," said William J. Kramer III.

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