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Company History

Associated Pacific Machine’s history reveals a rich back story through generations of innovation in one of the most prevalent industries throughout history, shoes. Daniel Wax’s grandfather owned a shoe factory in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1905 which firmly established the family in the shoe industry and also what the industry would evolve into. In 1966, Associated Pacific Machine came into existence after efforts to open a factory in Los Angeles based solely on shoe manufacturing yielded minimal results. The new direction for APMC had been set with Dan Wax’s profound knowledge of the industry and Bob Wax’s relentless ambition for innovation. The company continued to grow due to the representation Associated Pacific Machine offered to East Coast companies that manufactured new machines, resold used machines, and imported machines from overseas. Because the company’s vision stretched far beyond the scope of the shoe industry, APMC went to Europe to find machine suppliers that would not only improve business in the shoe industry, but also provide machinery that would transcend throughout various industries. The first company that guided APMC in their intended direction was Vilh. Pedersen from Denmark which opened the company’s range through machine tool centers, mills, and die cutting machines. The second company was Atom from Italy that made die cutting machines for the shoe industry at the time and still remains a large partner and contributor to the success of Associated Pacific Machine.

After Robert Wax assumed control of Associated Pacific Machine, the company experienced many years of progression and innovation due to his desire for continuing to expand the non-shoe business and expand into large area industrial cutting market. Although the company was faced with various obstacles that are normally detrimental to the progression of any company, APMC continued to make gigantic strides in the right direction. The company changed from being a regional West Coast business catering to shoe and leather goods to national business selling to the luggage industry, furniture industry, automotive industry, aerospace, and gaskets. During the 1980’s, Associated Pacific Machine debatably made its most progressive move by hiring Erik Jacobsen as a consultant to design a new line of hydraulic presses and feed systems to be made in Taiwan. The first 100 ton press machine was designed with the capability of going down to 30 tons and up to over 300 tons; moreover, the bed size could be as large as 78” x 120” and six different feed systems were also designed revolutionizing modern die cutting hydraulic presses.

Associated Pacific Machine Corp. has been an importer and distributor of a diversified line of industrial machinery, providing sales and service to manufacturers since 1966. APMC has evolved into automated cutting systems that involve die-less cutting and trimming by laser and knife cutting because the one constant in the converting industry is the need for accurate parts. Providing these systems to customers and manufacturers remains the long-standing goal of Associated Pacific Machine Corp.