A Storied History


Located in Rockford Illinois, Forgings & Stampings, Inc. was founded in 1920.  Seven Rockford investors formed Mechanics Tool Company, which produced hand tools.  The production of hand tools was replaced by the manufacture of stampings and then bathroom scales.  Since 1940, the company has been primarily a manufacturer of impression die forgings.  The Rockford, Illinois location is comprised of the Corporate Headquarters and a 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility containing 6 forging lines.

To better meet the increasing demands of our customers, an additional manufacturing facility was opened in 1995 in Wisconsin.  Located in Delavan, the plant sits along Interstate 43, fifty miles west of Milwaukee.  The latest in equipment and technology is used in each of the 4 forging lines in this 33,000 square foot facility.  With additional plant capacity and land at this location, Forgings & Stampings is well positioned to respond to all future customer needs.



Purchase a Complete Part


Many customers today prefer to buy a finished part that is ready to assemble upon receipt.  Forgings & Stampings has the capability to supply parts with many secondary operations already performed.  Through close relationships with many qualified suppliers, we are able to provide these services in an expedited manner.

All forgings are shot blasted in one of our Wheelabrator machines to eliminate scale and provide a clean forging to our customer.  Through the use of our coining presses, we can offer parts that meet much tighter tolerances for straightness, thickness and surface finish.  This process can reduce or in some cases even eliminate the subsequent machining which is required.

Forgings & Stampings provides a full range of heat treat options for our customers.  Our experienced personnel perform much of our normalizing and annealing work in-house.  In addition to our in-house capabilities, we offer quench & temper heat-treating performed by an experienced supplier.  Heat Treat certifications are maintained at our facilities and can be provided upon customer request.

Forgings & Stampings has the capability to supply parts with many secondary manufacturing processes already completed. Located in close proximity to our plants are suppliers who offer machining, welding, painting, protective plating and decorative chrome plating.  With short lead times and quick turn around, we can offer fully machined, welded and coated forgings at a competitive price.



Equipment List


Forging Hammers

1 - 1000 lb. Gravity Board Drop

1 - 1500 lb. Gravity Board Drop

1 - 2000 lb. Lasco KGK Conversion

2 - 2500 lb. Lasco KGK Conversion

1 - 3000 lb. Lasco KGK Conversion

1 - 3500 lb. Lasco HOU Programmable

1 - 4000 lb. Lasco HOU Programmable

1 - 5000 lb. Lasco HOU Programmable

1 - 6000 lb. Lasco HOU Programmable


1 - 500 Ton Mechanical Steel Shear

1 - 500 Ton Hydraulic Steel Shear

Steel Furnaces

2 – Radyne Induction Heaters

1 – Pillar Induction Heater

1 - Interpower Induction Heater

6 – Gas Fired Slot Furnaces

Cleaning Equipment

2 – Wheelabrator 5 Cu. Ft.

2 – Wheelabrator 14 Cu. Ft.

Coining Presses

5 – Mechanical Presses from 85 to 600 Tons

2 – Etchells Hydraulic Programmable Up To 1000 Tons

Heat Treat

3 – Lindberg Super-Cyclone Pit Furnaces





Structural Properties

The structural reliability achieved in a forging is unequalled by other production processes. There are no internal gas pockets or voids that could cause unexpected failure under stress or impact. The structural reliability of forgings means reduced inspection requirements, uniform response to heat treatment, and consistent machinability. These qualities contribute to faster production rates and lower costs.

Directional strength is a direct result of the forging process. In the forging process, controlled deformation results in improved mechanical properties of the material. Forging produces directional alignment (or "grain flow") for important directional properties in strength, ductility, and resistance to impact and fatigue. These properties are deliberately oriented in directions requiring maximum strength.

Properly developed grain flow in forgings follows the outline of the component. In contrast, bar stock and plate have unidirectional grain flow; any changes in contour will cut flow lines. As a result, the material is more susceptible to fatigue stress. To the designer, the structural integrity of forgings means safety factors based on material that will respond predictably to its environment without costly special processing to correct for internal defects. 

The resulting higher strength-to-weight ratio can be used to reduce section thickness in part designs without jeopardizing performance characteristics of safety. Weight reduction, even in parts produced from less expensive materials, can amount to a considerable cost savings over the life of a product run.


The consistency of material from one forging to the next, and between separate quantities of forgings is extremely high. Forged parts are made through a controlled sequence of production steps rather than random flow of material into the desired shape. Uniformity of composition and structure piece-to-piece, lot-to-lot, assure reproducible response to heat treatment, minimum variation in machinability, and consistent property levels of finished parts. 

Dimensional characteristics are remarkably stable. Successive forgings are produced from the same die impression, and because die impressions exert control over all contours of the forged part, the possibility of transfer distortion is eliminated. 


Economically, forged products are attractive because of their inherent superior reliability, improved tolerance capabilities, and the higher efficiency with which forgings can be machined and further processed by automated methods.

The near absence of internal discontinuities or surface inclusions in forgings provides a dependable machining base for metal-cutting processes such as turning, milling, drilling, boring, broaching, and shear spinning; and shaping processes such as electrochemical machining, chemical milling, electrical-discharge machining, and plasma jet techniques.

Forged parts are readily fabricated by assembling processes such as welding, bolting, or riveting. The selection of a forging can often eliminate the need for assemblies. In many cases, forgings are ready for use without surface conditioning or machining. The forged surface is suited to plating, polishing, painting, or treatment with decorative or protective coatings.