Tradition of Excellence
History of Lefere Forge
Since 1929 Lefere Forge has been a leader and innovator.
Founder Alidor Lefere invented process flow and handling techniques, with forgings from production cells traveling a series of conveyors until cool. Parts then were conveyed through inspection and finally into shipment boxes.
In 1932 Lefere patented the process of putting "reverse draft" on heavy truck wheel hubs. This breakthrough guaranteed Lefere 98% of hub business from all major manufactures including: Dayton-Walther, Kelsey Hayes, Motor Wheel, and Rockwell International.
Lefere had a captive market for this product until the late '70s when many market changes occurred. Aggressive diversification resulted in substantial growth in the '80s and '90s, from less that 10 total accounts to over 100 accounts in all markets today.
Lefere Forge Today
As the fourth generation of Lefere family owners look to the future, they remain committed to long-lasting forging solutions.
New product development and continued diversification with an emphasis on mid- to high-volume work has greatly increased efficiencies and product throughput.
Deliveries from Lefere are second to none. Large inventories of standard grade raw materials provide fast turnaround and peace-of-mind to all customers. At any point in time it is not unusual for steel inventories to exceed ten (10) million pounds.
Effective January 1, 2014 Peter Lefere is the new President of Lefere Forge. He succeeds his brother Steven Lefere who retired after a life time of service effective December 31, 2013.
Promoted to Vice President are Tim Lefere and Chris Lefere.
Beginning in mid 2013 Lefere Forge began installation of an additional 10,000 pound power hammer for additional capacity making forged parts up to 160 pounds. The base is in the ground and we plan to have this hammer operation by the 3rd quarter of 2014. Higher tech furnaces are also in development with initial trials of the new design also set to take place in 2014.
Beth Perez - CFO is elected to the board of directors
Forging operations run at capacity
In order to help expand market coverage Lefere has been certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2008. This brings us to date with the latest 2008 standard and the BS EN designation allows our customers to sell our Pressure Vessel forgings into the European market place.
Lefere has added a 3rd Carbide Cut Off saw for precision saw cutting of steel billets up to 7 inch diameter or round corner square.
Lefere has added a second CNC to the die room. This unit is a Toyoda Vertical Machining Center and allows us to machine up to and including the largest die block we use for non-symmetrical parts.
We are pleased to announce that Beth Perez has joined Lefere as CFO and Controller. Beth has a diversified accounting background and is also a CPA.
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New, diversified markets
Lefere Forge captures diversified new businesses in markets including power transmission, petro-chemical valves, large bore diesel pistons and gear blanks.
New Viper V-1500 CNC Vertical Machining Center
Lefere Forge is pleased to announce the addition of a Viper V-1500 CNC Vertical Machining Center allowing for additional in house production of dies for parts that are non-symmetrical.
Continued growth for Lefere Forge
Lefere Forge sales for the fourth quarter concluded at near record levels. Continued growth expected into the first quarter 2005 and beyond.
Royal Lefere (Ike)
Royal Lefere (Ike) - Chairman, past president and general manager passed away on November 7, 2004. Ike's tenacity and perseverance over his 57 years of service allows the company to flourish into the fourth generation.
Stephen Lefere, Named President
Stephen Lefere, Named President following retirement of Maury Lefere. Steve has worked at Lefere his entire career following graduation from Albion College. Formerly VP of Quality, Steve's vision involves aggressive marketing and continued growth.
Maury Lefere, Retires
Maury Lefere, President since 1991, retired August 1, 2003. Also at this time, Al Lefere retired as Vice President, Die Room and Plant Manager. Both Maury and Al spent their entire careers at Lefere Forge. Both remain available for consultation.
2000 Quality Certification to ISO9001:2000
Lefere Forge is certified to ISO9001:2000. Registrar is AQSR International.
Lefere began an intensive customer and product diversification program. Over this time Lefere grew from less than 10 customers to over 100 active accounts.
Time of company and product realignment and transition.
Many truck hubs converted to castings.
Lefere supplied virtually 98% of all truck hubs to North America.
Lefere Forge patents 'Reverse Draft' on Truck Hubs
Lefere Forge patents process for forging hubs eliminating significant machining operations, saving customers thousands of dollars in processing and cost.
Lefere Forge becomes Debt Free
All bank loans are paid off and the company operates debt free.
Lefere Forge is started during the Great Depression
Lefere Forge started by Alidor Lefere. Not afraid to take a chance he starts a hammer forging plant mainly making forged truck hubs and gear blanks.