Jack Schaffner Sr. began working at 14 as a Latheman in the machining
trade he had no idea that 4 generations later, his name would come to
represent one of the Midwest’s most respected and innovative
1940, Jack Sr. had accomplished much in the machining trade as a Master
Latheman working for H & H Machine Company in St. Louis,
the years of his employment Jack Sr. had built up a list of clients
doing auto parts repair on the side, and determined that he would like
to pursue the American dream by starting a business of his own. So, in 1940, Schaffner Machine Works was opened.
World War II the business (now incorporated as Schaffner Machine
Company) grew with the boom of manufacturing that occurred throughout
the US. After
the war, SMC benefited greatly from the surplus of machine equipment in
the country and the young men returning from Europe. In
fact, Jacks son, Jack Jr., was one of those young men returning home
eager to work and assume more responsibility in his father’s
the 4 decades following the Great War, the company expanded its service
into many industries, including the aerospace, automotive, hospital,
and banking industries. As
a well respected and mature business, Schaffner Machine Company
employed a thirst for quality products and traditional service to meet
the needs of its clients, but it had not yet embraced the use of cutting
edge innovation such as CNC technology. That
development did not occur until Jack Jr.’s son, Jack III,
left the oil industry where he had been working as a General Field
Engineer, Sales Engineer, and Geophysicist, and took over the position
as President of the company in 1995.
that time Jack III has overseen the growth of the company by 500% by
broadening SMC’s client base, expanding the product line,
modernizing quality control procedures, and instituting industry
standard shop management software.
70 years later, Schaffner Machine Company honors the tradition of
quality service started by Jack Schaffner in 1940 by employing creative
solutions, improved efficiency, and increasing precision to meet the
needs of its clients in a global economy.
1928 Jack Schaffner I working for H&H Macnine Co.