(Illinois Tool Works)

 

Avery Berkel is part of the ITW group of multi-diverse manufacturing businesses.

Since being founded more than 100 years ago, ITW has become one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialised industrial equipment, consumables, and related service businesses.

In 1912, Chicago financier Byron Smith placed an ad in the Economist looking to provide capital to a “high class business (manufacturing preferred) in or near Chicago.” He turned down several initial offers, waiting for the right proposal. When a group of inventors with an idea to improve gear grinding came along, Illinois Tool Works was born. From these humble beginnings, the company endured the uncertainties of war and recessions, expanded into businesses across the globe, and transformed entire industries through simple yet ingenious solutions.

ITW businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with a significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets. The company has operations in 56 countries that employ approximately 51,000 employees who adhere to the highest ethical standards. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialised engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation. We are proud of our broad portfolio of nearly 10,000 active patents.

ITW’s products and solutions are at work all over the world, in deep-sea oil rigs, aerospace technology, bridges and wind turbines, healthcare, the spaces in which we live and work, the cars we drive, and the mobile devices we rely on. We are never, whether we know it or not, more than a few steps from an innovative ITW solution.