• Doerfer acquires PSB Technologies Pte. Ltd., from TUV SUD Asia Pacific, Pte Ltd., to establish a beachhead for its Asian growth plans.

  • Doerfer acquires certain assets of Quad City Dryer Works, LLC (QCDW) and hires the core employees to enter the large industrial dryer market.
  • Doerfer acquires certain assets of Progressive Tool & Die, Waterloo, Iowa and hires its core employees to augment Doerfer’s tool and die business.

  • Doerfer acquires the license to Wheelift technology and begins to develop and market the Wheelift mobile / material handling applications as part of its mobile automation segment.

  • Doerfer acquires RTS-Wright Industries in Nashville, TN.
  • Doerfer consolidates assets of Doerfer Engineering and TDS Automation and closes the Doerfer Engineering office in Cedar Falls, IA.

  • Doerfer acquires GMT’s Waverly, IA – based TDS division.  Doerfer renames the company TDS Automation.
  • Doerfer acquires Advanced Automation in Greenville, SC, and completes major office renovations, information technology and software upgrades at Williams White.
  • UK-based RTS group acquires Wright Industries in Nashville, TN.
  • Doerfer acquires H&H Machine Tool, merging its assests with those of Doerfer Engineering.
  • GMT creates company structure of three divisions: Tool-Die-Systems (TDS), production machining division and production fabrication division.
  • Doerfer Companies acquires Williams, White & Company in Moline, IL, expanding the business to include custom machinery and automated solutions.
  • Wright Industries further expands its Nashville facilities to include structures for engineering and assembly on Elm Hill Pike.
  • Doerfer Companies acquires the assets of Key Automation, dissolving the company after a few years.
  • Doerfer Acquisition Company acquires Doerfer Engineering in Cedar Falls, IA from Jefferson Smurfit.
  • Williams, White & Company delivers its first hydroform press to General Motors.
  • Jefferson Smurfit acquires Container Corporation of America and its division, Doerfer Engineering, from Mobil Oil.
  • Advanced Automation becomes an early integrator of robotics technology.
  • Mobil Oil acquires Container Corporation of America and Doerfer Engineering.
1981 - 1989
  • Williams, White & Company expands to increase hydraulic and electrical assembly, provide two 250-ton overhead cranes, an 8-inch boring mill and a stress relief furnace.
  • Scott McCrary, Brian Claycomb and Bob Heiks purchase McBride Engineering, renaming the company Advanced Automation.
  • Brian Claycomb joins McBride Engineering.
  • Bob Heiks affiliates with McBride Engineering as a contractor.
  • Scott McCrary joins McBride Engineering as a technical contributor.
  • Bailey Robinson III, Fred Wright’s son-in-law, is named president of Wright Industries; Wright dies that same year.
  • Joe McBride opens McBride Engineering in Greenville, SC.
  • Larry and Jill Graening open General Machine and Tool Company in Waverly, IA.
  • Dick Doerfer sells Doerfer Engineering to Container Corporation of America.
  • The Fred D. Wright Company changes its name to Wright Industries, Inc.; Wright’s AEF subsidiary moves to Nashville.
  • The Fred D. Wright Company acquires Chicago-based American Electric Fusion Corp. (AEF); paving the way into international markets.
  • Dick Doerfer opens Doerfer Engineering in Cedar Falls, IA; early projects included agricultural equipment design.
  • Fred D. Wright Company moves to a current Nashville location on Spence Lane.
  • Fred D. Wright Company forms the Bramlett Manufacturing Corp. in St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Fred D. Wright Company forms Tennessee Die Supply Company, Inc.
  • Fred D. Wright Company forms its first subsidiary – Southeastern Engineering Company – with services that include the design and build of specialty machines and production components, automation, inspection, and assembly.
  • Williams White & Company becomes a primary machine producer for the plastics industry.
1933 - 1953
  • Williams White & Company becomes a pioneer and major supplier of hydraulic and multi-opening hot plate presses.
  • Fred D. Wright Company moves to larger facilities and includes 10 employees
  • Fred Wright opens the Fred D. Wright Co., a tool and machine shop, in a dirt-floor structure with two employees.
  • Williams White & Company survives the Great Depression with government contracts and sales of machinery to make Russian farm equipment.
  • Williams, White & Company invents the "Bull-Dozer", a machine with nearly universal manufacturing applications.
  • Williams & White incorporates under the Illinois Corporation Act of 1857, becoming Williams, White & Company.
  • Charles Heald retires from Williams, Heald & Company; the company changes its name to Williams & White.
  • New England entrepreneurs Alfred and Parley Williams, Charles Heald and Marvel White open Williams, Heald & Company and Molline Iron Works in Moline, IL.