** NOTICE **
American Cutting Edge/CB Manufacturing Physical Inventory 2017
In order to better support your needs, American Cutting Edge/CB Manufacturing will be performing a full physical inventory from Thursday, February 16th through Sunday, February 19th. Due to the need to lock down inventory during this period, we will be unable to ship any orders on Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. All orders entered on those two days that require immediate shipment will be shipped no later than Tuesday, February 21st. By ensuring our inventory is 100% accurate we can improve fill rates of our standard stocked items. If you know of needs that will materialize around this timeframe, we encourage you to submit those orders by no later than Monday, February 13th.
We appreciate your understanding while we execute this very important process.
We will be exhibiting at AISTech 2016. Come visit us at booth #3914 and meet our metal processing expert Chris Gerlach! Chris can help you with all of your metal processing knife needs. We manufacture a wide variety of blades and knives such as tube cut-off knives, slitting cutters, shear blades and more. Need a custom solution? Chris can help! Won’t be at the show? Not a problem! Contact us today to discuss your needs.
Our most popular wood chipper blades are now available in kit form! Each kit includes two sets of blades and corresponding bolts. Purchasing a kit rather than a single set of blades will save you money and ensure that you have a backup available in case of emergency.
You can find our wood chipper kits by clicking here, or navigating to our shopping page, and choosing Application: Tree Care.
For more information regarding our kits or wood chipper knives contact us at 800-543-6860 or request a quote by clicking here.
Made in America!
American Cutting Edge, a Division of CB Manufacturing has been in the knife industry for almost 50 years. Throughout this time we have grown from a one man operation to an industry leader in cutting solutions. Many of these cutting solutions are manufactured right here in Dayton, Ohio! At our Miamisburg campus, we have a large spacious factory with 40+ skilled workers and counting. Our team of knowledgeable machine operators is made up of many generations of workers, from our veterans to our rookies, everyone in the factory comes together to get each and every job done right. American Cutting Edge is proud of our Made in America products and our ability to develop manufacturing opportunities right here in Ohio.
American Cutting Edge Acquires Industrial Blade Division from Superion
American Cutting Edge, a division of CB Manufacturing & Sales Co., Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of the industrial blade product line from Superion, Inc., of Xenia, Ohio. The purchase includes both the assets used to manufacture blades as well as the intellectual property surrounding the product line.
American Cutting Edge is the leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of steel and tungsten carbide industrial blades worldwide. Superion has been one of the foremost manufacturers of Solid Tungsten Carbide and Ceramic Razor Blades, premium and long-lasting blades used to cut or convert materials such as foil, film, paper, textiles, and other resistant materials, as well as the innovator of the proprietary resharpening process that allows multiple reuses of their blades.
This purchase will allow Superion, Inc. to concentrate on their primary line, which is the manufacture and sell of precision cutting tools for metalworking. The addition of the Solid Tungsten Carbide and Ceramic Industrial Blades to the American Cutting Edge brand will allow American Cutting Edge to continue to offer their customers the newest and best technology for their material converting needs.
Chuck Biehn, president of American Cutting Edge is positive about the acquisition: “There is a long history of partnership and synergy between our two companies and we are excited that we have come to an agreement that will allow both companies to do what we love and do the best. Superion will be able to focus all their skills and talents on providing precision metal cutting tools internationally and American Cutting Edge will expand our global product offering with advanced technology that will benefit our customers with extended blade life and reduced overall costs.”
The purchase was finalized June 27, 2014.
American Cutting Edge’s parent company, CB Manufacturing & Sales Co., Inc. is owned by the Biehn Family and provides industrial machine knives and razor blades worldwide, as well as contract surface and EDM services throughout the Midwest. They also own Certified Heat Treating Incorporated, whose West Carrollton and Springfield facilities provide metal processing services to customers in a five state region. CB Manufacturing & Sales was established in 1965 by Charlie Biehn Sr., and will proudly celebrate 50 years of business in 2015.
Edge to Edge Archive
In a past Edge to Edge we featured articles regarding our reshoring efforts as well as our factory and the new machinery we have. We feel both of these directly relate to this newsletter. If you would like to revisit these, or any of our other articles you can find them on our website under news and events.
Announcement – Name Change
In 2015, CB Manufacturing will celebrate our Fiftieth year as one of the U.S.’s premier knife manufacturing companies. We may be marking our golden anniversary, but we continue to live our mission statement: Better * Faster * Leaner * Stronger. In that spirit, on July 1, 2014, we are proud to introduce to you our new name: American Cutting Edge, a division of CB Manufacturing. We have chosen to adopt as our new name the title of the razor blade focused branch of our company because it reflects overall what our company is: North America’s number one provider of cutting edges.
Many of our valued customers currently purchase from both CB Manufacturing and American Cutting Edge and the combining of our two divisions—machine knives and razor blades—will eliminate the need to issue two separate purchase orders and maintain two separate accounts when placing orders. It will also simplify the quoting and ordering process for our customers, as they will have a single service expert who oversees all their orders from start to finish.
Regardless of our name, American Cutting Edge, a division of CB Manufacturing, will continue to focus on the same principles that are allowing us to commemorate fifty successful years: exceptional customer service and the highest standards of quality. The same principles that Charlie Biehn set in place back in 1965.
During the changeover on July 1, 2014, and afterwards, we will always accept purchase orders issued to either CB Manufacturing or American Cutting Edge as our customers update their systems to reflect our new name.
Please join us in marking our Fiftieth birthday. And we’d like to thank you, our loyal and valued customers. Over the past five decades, we have all weathered changes in the economy and technology and emerged stronger and better than ever. We look forward to celebrating another fifty years in partnership with the customers who are so instrumental to our success.
Visit our new Better * Faster * Leaner * Stronger website: AmericanCuttingEdge.com for more info!
Very Truly Yours,
Chief Executive Officer
American Cutting Edge, a division of CB Manufacturing
IN THIS ISSUE…
Precision Razor Blades
CB Manufacturing and Certified Heat Treating, Inc. offer Deep Cryogenic Treatment of knives, blades, and other industrial tools, in our in house microprocessor controlled, cryogenic chamber.
During heat treating, steel’s micro-structure transforms from austenite to martensite, which makes the steel much more wear resistant. However, some small pockets of austenite may not transform and this does not allow the knives to perform as well as they can. Deep Cryogenic processing helps change retained austenite to martensite, completing the transformation process.
Our Deep Cryogenic processing is different from conventional cryogenic processing and requires cooling the parts to more than 300° below zero compared to about 120° for conventional cryogenic processing. This process includes cooling the parts at a programmed rate, soaking the parts for up to thirty-six hours, and then an additional tempering operation to relieve any stress that may remain. We combine Deep Cryogenic processing with our state of the art Vacuum Heat Treating capability to offer unmatched metal treating and the best performance possible from your knives and tools. For more information about our Cryogenic Treatment, or any of our other heat treating capabilities visit Certified Heat Treating, Inc’s website.
Dayton manufacturer makes acquisition
Joe Cogliano ■ DBJ
Chuck Biehn is CEO of CB Manufacturing.
Dayton Business Journal
A local industrial knife maker has purchased the product line of another Dayton-area manufacturer.
American Cutting Edge in Centerville acquired the industrial blade business of Xenia-based Superion Inc. The sale includes Superion’s line of solid tungsten carbide and ceramic razor blades —premium, long-lasting blades used to cut or convert materials such as foil, film, paper and textiles —as well as its proprietary sharpening process that allows the blades to be used multiple times.
Terms of the deal, which includes equipment and intellectual property, were not disclosed. Company officials say the sale will allow Superion Inc. to concentrate on its primary line, the manufacturing of precision cutting tools for metalworking.
American Cutting Edge — a division of West Carrollton-based CB Manufacturing & Sales Co. — designs and produces steel and tungsten carbide industrial blades that are sold globally.
Chuck Biehn, CEO of CB Manufacturing, told me Monday morning the acquisition is a big deal because his company had been importing a majority of the products it just acquired from Superion.
“This allows us to react faster to customer needs and have the ability to offer more American-made products,” Biehn said. “We believe with this new equipment we will be able to compete with the factories overseas where we now get the product.”
American Cutting Edge will pick up two employees from Superion and will need to hire at least two more people. Biehn hopes to eventually expand the newly acquired product line.
CB Manufacturing has about 140 employees, which includes its American Cutting Edge and Certified Heat Treating divisions. The parent company is one of the Top 100 local companies with more than $24 million in revenue last year, according to Dayton Business Journal research.
This is the second acquisition of a local company for CB Manufacturing in less than a year. Last fall, it purchased Heat Treating Inc. in Springfield.
Join us at our Up-coming Trade Shows!
“Learn how to take advantage of the economy to maintain and grow your business from the leading experts in the field of plastics recovery and utilization. Speakers will present extensive and detailed industry assessments, including analyses of trends in the U.S. and Canada, plastics collection issues, recycling market factors, and legislative and policy considerations.” -plasticsrecycling.com
Product Manager, Lynn Harville, from CB Manufacturing will be at booth #324 to share his expertise on various knives and blades used in plastic recycling. To learn more about CB Manufacturing and the products we carry click here!
March 16-18, 2014
American Cutting Edge, A division of CB Manufacturing announced this week that they will be attending Seafood Processing North America, March 16-18, 2014 in Boston, MA, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, booth #1887. The decision was made after several years of increased demand of food processing machine knives.
Visit Erin and Maegen as they feature our #1 fish-processing knife: a 58″ long, razor sharp fish slicing knife. Management says that featuring this knife is an easy choice as it is manufactured at our Dayton, Ohio facility and has been a top seller in the food processing division for the past 10 years.
Exhibiting at the Seafood Show will allow American Cutting Edge to showcase our quality and expertise in the knife industry as well as in the food processing industry. With record-breaking growth in 2012 and 2013, we will continue to expand our reputation in the food processing industry! To learn more about our Seafood Processing blades and knives click here!
April 28-30, 2014
American Cutting Edge and CB Manufacturing have decided to exhibit at ANTEC 2014. Sponsored by SPE, the show will take place at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on April 28-30. ANTEC will showcase machinery and services related to the plastics industry. The team from American Cutting Edge and CB Manufacturing will exhibit their machine knives used in the production and recycling of plastics and plastic related items. Brad Miller and Tyler Crawford will be on hand to answer all of your machine knife questions.
To learn more about our Pelletizing knives click here!
March 23-30, 2015
Join American Cutting Edge and CB Manufacturing in Orlando, Florida for the world’s largest plastics exposition, conference and technology exchange.
“Recognized as the world’s largest plastics trade show and conference, NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase brings together all sectors of the industry, verticals and peripheral markets, as well as end markets or brand owners. Featuring industry-focused education and showcasing suppliers, materials, emerging technologies and equipment for every phase of plastics processing in one million square feet of exhibit space. NPE attracts more than 60,000 plastics professionals to its triennial event.” -npe.org