History of Manor Tool
On February 19, 1924, Lee Simeone was born in Chicago. Around the time of the United States’ entry into World War II, a young Simeone enlisted into the Marine Corps; he was honorably discharged at the end of the war in 1945.
Returning home to Chicago, the 21-year-old Simeone found work in the industrial sector, learning the art of making tools and dies. Simeone continued to make tools and dies for a number of companies in the Chicagoland area, improving his skills everywhere he went, for 14 years.
Then, in 1959, the now 35-year-old Simeone founded Manor Tool & Manufacturing Company.
Under Simeone’s leadership, Manor Tool grew from the boutique tool and die shop he founded to an expansive metal stamping, finishing services, and parts assembly company. Today, operating a 32-press facility, Manor Tool offers a wide range of services:
- Design and engineering
- Tool and die fabrication
- Metal stamping
- Deep draw stamping
- Custom tooling and fabrication
- Secondary machining, and finishing services
Over the more than 50 years since our founding, Manor Tool has become a well-respected leader of the metal stamping industry.
Quality at Manor Tool
The Manor Tool name is synonymous with quality. This is a reputation that we have worked hard over the years to attain. In everything we do, from prototype design to finishing processes and assembly, quality of work is our number one goal.
Every part that we manufacture at Manor Tool is subjected to quality assurance protocols at every stage of production. Raw materials, tools and dies, prototypes, stamped parts, and assembled parts are all inspected for quality. Finally, each completed part undergoes quality inspection before being made available for delivery.
Continuous Improvement at Manor Tool
Part of the reason Manor Tool is so well known for the quality of our parts is because of our efforts at continuous improvement. The moment something stops improving—be it a part, a technology, an industry, or a company—is the moment that it becomes irrelevant.
To ensure our continuous improvement, Manor Tool never rests on its laurels. We are always looking for ways to advance our skills, capabilities, and processes. One way in which we do this is by holding regular Kaizen Events.
“Kaizen” translates from Japanese as “change for better.” At a Kaizen event, Manor Tool team members from a variety of departments gather to evaluate a process and recommend changes to it. Using Kaizen events, Manor Tool has been able to improve in every way—we have increased productivity, grown revenue, improved employee safety, and enhanced customer satisfaction.