In 1901 Etna Machine Company was founded by the great grandfather of Nelson Abbey, current president of Abbey International, to manufacture a unique brush-drilling machine. Soon after, the company built rotary swagers, tube forming and welding machines, and other similar machines for the tube industry. Around 1920 it built its first cage-type forming mill, and later built its first combined forming and welding tube mill. By the end of War World II, the company was well established as a premier tube equipment supplier and had further expanded its products.
In 1957, Etna Machine Company moved operations from Toledo to the current location in Perrysburg, Ohio. In 1962, Abbey Etna Sales Company and Etna Machine Company were merged to form Abbey Etna Machine Company. During this time the company expanded its sales internationally to customers in Europe, Japan, South America, and Australia. It also excelled in large API pipe mills up to 20” diameter. In 1965, the company added cold drawbenches, and in succeeding years broadened its product line to include slitting lines, tube and pipe mill entry line equipment, traveling and stationary cutoff machines, facing machines, and a wide range of specialized machines related to tube and pipe production and finishing.
During this time the company pushed the limits of ERW mills to make extreme sizes as well as high speed mills. As an example, many of the tubes made on Abbey Etna mills were only previously made using the more expensive seamless process.
Starting in the 1980’s the industry began demanding “Just-In-Time” delivery, and shortened order cycles. This requirement led the company to develop advanced tooling quick-change systems. These developments have evolved to the present and are successful in improving productivity for new mills, as well as for retrofitting older mills.
Our new company, Abbey International Ltd., continues the Abbey Etna tradition of supplying first class equipment and services. In 2003 the company joined the Bronx International team. With the combination of Abbey International mills and Bronx Taylor Wilson products for finishing equipment we have created a strong source for our customers.