Simmons Machine Tool Corporation was founded in 1910 in Albany, the capital of New York State. Simmons is a proud member of the Niles-Simmons-Hegenscheidt Machine Tool Group, widely known as the NSH Group. The Capital Region is often referred to as “Tech Valley,” as the Hudson Valley north of New York City up to Albany contains a wide range of technology businesses. These businesses manufacture wind turbines, cannons, precision miniature bearings, microchips, nanotechnology components, precision optics, and a wide range of other sophisticated engineered products. In the early 20th century, Simmons was already instrumental in enabling manufacturing within the Tech Valley by supplying key machine tools to local and regional industry.
Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, Simmons pioneered the concept of rebuilding and reengineering machine tools, which was critical to rapidly restoring America’s decimated Pacific Fleet. After World War II through the 1980s, Simmons continued to build machine tools for important industries such as power generation, ship building, weapons manufacturing, and railway. In 1984, the company’s current Chairman and owner, Prof. Dr. Hans J. Naumann, decided to invest in Simmons and began to focus on the international railway industry.
- In 1984 and 1986, respectively, Simmons acquired the Stanray Underfloor Wheel Truing Machine and the Farrel Railroad product lines. Both product lines were successfully integrated into the design and production capabilities of Simmons.
- In 1992, Niles-Simmons Industrial Equipment GmbH was founded which gave Simmons access to European machine tool and railway technology. Both Simmons and Niles-Simmons combined efforts to develop new turning, milling, and turn-mill technology for underfloor wheel profiling applications.
- In 2000, Hegenscheidt was acquired and Niles-Simmons-Hegenscheidt, or the NSH Group, was founded. The acquisition of Hegenscheidt added state-of-the-art underfloor wheel lathe technology to the group as well as 'high tech' laser-based measurement of wheel sets in service.
- In 2006, the NSH China Technology Industries Co., Ltd. was founded to allow the NSH Group to better serve our growing customer base in China.