American Products Company was founded in 1955 by Walter Eickele, a German born toolmaker. We started as a small machine shop with a few conventional lathes, milling machines and drill presses. We soon made a decision to concentrate on extremely precise product and dedicated ourselves to acquiring the skilled personnel and precision machines needed to do this successfully.
We have grown steadily in the last forty years, investing many millions of dollars in new CNC machine tools to complement the unique skills of our men and women. In 1982, our dedication to quality was rewarded by the Small Business Administration, and we were honored to be chosen as the Small Business Subcontractor of the Year.
Today we continue to grow. In December of 1998, we were acquired by Picut Manufacturing, a precision machining company based in Warren, NJ, and this relationship expands the services and capabilities of both companies.
At American Products, we are dedicated to applying the principles of total quality management (TQM) to our daily operations to ensure that we meet or exceed our customers’ requirements.
The five premises of Total Quality Management
The customer is always right, and this adage drives those at APC who deal with our customers to maintain a high level of communication with each and every one of our customers in order to most effectively meet their needs.
Every person involved in a project, from concept to completion plays an important role. Working together means that each person is familiar with what others are doing, and understands their role in the project. At APC, all people involved in a project take an active interest in seeing it through to completion.
Throughout the production cycle, quality checkpoints are implemented to ensure products are free of defects.We recognize the importance of catching mistakes early on in order to minimize their impact, and uphold the highest quality standards.
We take pride in looking for the innovative approach to problem solving. People who innovate and feel comfortable trying new ideas will find practices that improve how product is approached and completed.
We recognize that the project cycle can be continuously improved, both in quality and efficiency.
In doing so, we keep an attentive eye on new technology that would allow us to perform our job better, but recognize that the technology is only as good as the people who use it.