Michigan Shop tracks Growth from Zimmermann Milling Machines

Modified 5-axis machining center produces significant improvements for leading automotive moldmaker, including 10% reduction in cycle times.

Founded in 1953, Commercial Tool Group (CTG) has grown from a small mold shop in the Grand Rapids area to become a major supplier of injection and compression molds, fixtures, automated equipment and robotic handling devices to the automotive, appliance, heavy truck, RV and appliance industries, providing turnkey solutions to manufacturers of various plastic and composite parts. CTG also offers its customers an injection mold tryout facility and short run production of various parts. The company is family-owned and operated by two grandsons of the founder, James (JD) and Dan Bouwman. Today, CTG operates three business units: Commercial Tool & Die (CTD), CG Plastics and CG Automation & Fixture.
A recently acquired portal milling machine, the FZ40 Compact from Zimmermann (Wixom, Michigan) was deemed an ideal solution for the large section automotive and truck molds produced at CTD.
An interesting story preceded this acquisition, however.

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