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Company History

Associated Pacific Machine Corp. has a deep history rooted in innovation that started from a prevalent industry throughout history — shoes.  In 1905, Daniel Wax’s grandfather owned a shoe factory in Worcester, Massachusetts, which firmly established the Wax family in the shoe industry and what the family business would later evolve to. In 1966, APMC was incorporated and opened its first factory in Los Angeles based solely on shoe manufacturing yield results.

A new direction for APMC was set with Dan Wax’s intuitive knowledge of the industry and Bob Wax’s relentless enterprise in innovation. The company grew due to the APMC’s representation of East Coast companies that manufactured new die cutting machines, companies reselling used machines, and foreign companies exporting machinery from overseas. Because the company’s new vision stretched beyond the shoe industry, APMC went to Europe to find machine suppliers that would not only improve operations in the shoe industry, but also provide machines to service other industries that needed better and efficient cutting capabilities. The first company that guided APMC in their new direction was Vilh Pedersen from Denmark, which guided and introduced the company to machine tool centers, mills, and industrial die cutting equipment. The second company was Atom from Italy, which at the time made die cutting machines for the shoe industry and still remains a large partner and contributor to the success of APMC.

After Robert Wax assumed control of APMC, the company experienced successful years of progression and innovation due to Bob’s desire for expansion in other industries and into large area industrial die cutting markets. Although the company was faced with various obstacles that are normally detrimental to the progression of any company, APMC continued to make strides in the right direction. The company changed from being a regional West Coast business catering to shoes and leather goods to an international business selling to aerospace, automotive, bags, computer, foam, furniture, gaskets, packaging, plastic cards, converting, rule bending, and other industries. During the 1980’s, Associated Pacific Machine made a progressive move by hiring Erik Jacobsen as a consultant to design a new line of hydraulic die cut presses and automatic feed systems to be produced 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” with six different feed systems were designed to revolutionize modern die cutting hydraulic presses.

APMC has been an importer and distributor of a diversified line of industrial die cutting machinery, providing sales and service to manufacturers since 1966. APMC has evolved into automated cutting systems that involve dieless cutting, trimming by laser cutting, and knife cutting as the evolving converting industry requires increased use of accurate parts for precision. Providing these systems to customers and manufacturers remains as the long-standing goal of Associated Pacific Machine Corp.