Vogel Tool & Die began in 1934 in Chicago when Julius Vogel invented a punch & die process to notch the end of a pipe, so it could fit against the side of another pipe.
Prior to his invention, time-consuming grinding or torch cutting was the common method to notch tubes to prepare for joining, typically by welding. Julius Vogel’s invention, what is now known as the Arc-Fit method, was granted a US patent in 1938. The company was owned by 4 generations of Vogel family until 2009, when it was acquired by Manor Tool & Manufacturing Company, another Chicago-area family business.
Vogel’s pipe notchers remain as one of our most popular products and are in use worldwide. Over the years, Vogel’s product line has expanded to include tools to cut tubes, piercing, slotting, mitering and much more. Since our founding, our tools have always been produced in the Chicagoland area.
We are pleased to announce that Vogel’s President, Tom Simeone, was awarded the 2017 Winzeler Award by the Tooling & Manufacturing Association [TMA]. The Winzeler Award is presented to individuals who have provided oustanding service to the industry and the Association.
The TMA supports the industry by providing educational opportunities, industry representation and services to foster global competitiveness.
Manor Tool and Manufacturing Company, the parent of Vogel Tool & Die was one of five finalists in the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year award. This event was cosponsored by mHUB, U of I Labs The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center.