Platinum Tooling president celebrates family centenary
- December 3, 2021
The Hansen family is about to celebrate its 100th year in business.
In 2022, Preben Hansen, president and COO of Platinum Tooling, will be able to reflect on a remarkable story: four generations of his family have been a part of the metal cutting industry.
“In a world where machine shops are struggling to stay open and maintain their business and in a day when ‘going into dad’s business’ is not what it once was, Platinum Tooling is an exception to the rule,” the company said in announcing the forthcoming milestone. “In 2022, company president Preben Hansen and his family will celebrate 100 years working in metal cutting and four generations of Hansen men in the industry. How cool is that?”
The story began with Preben’s grandfather, Louis Eckart Hansen, who learned his trade in Copenhagen, Denmark in the early 1900s. Louis worked as a machinist in the Danish Navy’s repair facility. Preben’s father, Svend Eckart Hansen, honed his skills under the guidance of Louis. In 1958, Svend emigrated with his family, including young Preben, to the US. Despite not knowing English, he found employment within days of arriving in Chicago, thanks to his skill as a tool maker. Svend began his career as a machinist and ended it in the 1990s as a master tool maker at Ramcel Precision Stamping and Manufacturing LLC in Northbrook, Illinois.
Preben worked in the machine shop of the former Fulton Machine Company in downtown Chicago, while attending the University of Illinois/ Chicago and pursuing a degree in engineering. After working at a number of companies, in 2020 Preben started a joint venture with heimatec GmbH, becoming the president of Heimatec, Inc., a company specializing in live tools, angle heads and multi-spindle drill heads. In 2018, Heimatec, Inc. was purchased by Platinum Tooling Technologies, Inc. with headquarters located in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Today Preben Hansen is COO and president at Platinum Tooling, located in Prospect Heights, IL, and his son Luke is following the family path and building his own career at Platinum.
“The machine tool industry has been and continues to be an extremely vital part of our country’s continued success,” says Preben. “My son Luke and I are proud to be third and fourth generation professionals involved in this exciting industry.”
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