Since its founding more than 100 years ago, ITW has become one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, consumables, and related service businesses.
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 57 countries that employ more than 48,000 women and men who adhere to the highest ethical standards. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to a global leadership in innovation which has produced a broad portfolio of more than 16,000 granted and pending patents.
ITW is the parent company of ITW Heartland and its Spiroid business unit.
Heartland began in 1976 as a small fabrication shop serving regional manufacturers from its Alexandria, Minnesota location. Very early on, Heartland learned to excel at addressing complex, close-tolerance component machining. This part of its business, now known as Manufactured Products, has evolved into a highly successful machining operation serving customers throughout the country.
In 1982, Heartland was acquired by Illinois Tool Works, Inc. (ITW) on the basis of its centralized geographical location and its potential to serve as a ‘captive’ manufacturing facility for other ITW-owned businesses. Heartland benefited from this association and continues to proudly serve ITW-sister-companies today while growing its non-ITW customer portfolio to almost 70% of its business.
In 2006, ITW transitioned the Chicago-based ITW Spiroid Division to Alexandria and reorganized it as a Heartland-managed operation. As an established and well-respected brand focused on specialized gearing technology, Spiroid’s gear-cutting and thread-grinding processes proved to be a perfect complement to Heartland’s core ‘metal-removal’ expertise.
Today, ITW Heartland is an AS9100 & ISO 9001-certified manufacturing company specializing in precision engineered machines, parts, gears, and electro-mechanical products across a variety of industries. With two locations – Manufactured Products & Spiroid – ITW Heartland remains a proud and thriving member of Alexandria’s robust manufacturing community.