Metal Forms Corporation (MFC) is a century old company that designs, engineers, manufactures and markets quality products for general and concrete construction.
MFC was established in 1909 and became the first company to successfully design and produce steel forms for building monolithic concrete homes. This innovative spirit has continued for over 100 years with the development of a diverse product line identified by familiar registered trademarks.
In 1910, the company produced forms used to build hundreds of concrete homes inspired by the famous inventor, Thomas Edison.
In the early 1900's, concrete paving forms were introduced to support the heavy roadbuilding machines. Some of these machines were designed by Phillip Koehring (co-founder of the Koehring Machine Company) and brother-in-law of G. H. Miller (President of MFC).
In 1919, “METAFORMS®” becomes a registered trademark.
Increased sales volume during the depression
MFC’s work week was raised to 55 hours and business was up 30% and an additional 20% in 1931. Construction of public buildings and roads were the main sources of the strong business atmosphere for MFC amidst the financial woes of many during the depression years.
Manufactured the steel forms used in 1936 to build the unusual and innovative “dendriform” concrete columns designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the headquarters of S. C. Johnson & Son in Racine, WI.
Redesign of paving forms to provide a new and improved product in time to meet the demand of the concrete paving boom and the building of the Interstate Highway System started by President Eisenhower in 1956. This product was inspired by Harold E. Miller, the second generation Miller at Metal Forms Corporation.
MFC earns the honor of being a “Half-Century Exhibitor” at the 1975 CONEXPO.
Broke into the equipment end of the industry in the 1980’s with the addition of the concrete finishing machines SPEED SCREED® to it's product line.
Introduced an innovative concrete forming system Poly Meta Forms® in 2000 featuring lightweight plastic forms.
Purchased Sterling Handling Equipment in 2008, another Milwaukee manufacturer with over 100 years of history, featuring Sterling “Tough Guy”® wheelbarrows. The addition of product lines other than steel forms (finishing machines, poly forms and wheelbarrows) came under the direction of Thomas E. Miller, the third generation Miller at MFC.
Entering into its second century of operation, MFC has earned the reputation as a world class provider of quality products for the construction industry.
“Forming the Roadway to Success”, written by Tom Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Metal Forms Corporation, details the remarkable 100 year history of a family owned manufacturing company. This true American success story is documented with hundreds of photos and illustrations as uncovered in the MFC archives, industry publications, newspaper articles, legal depositions and many interviews.
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