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Shaping an Industry

Since 1968, Trans-Matic has differentiated itself as one of the world’s premier deep draw metal stamping companies. Ours is a story defined by hard work, ingenuity and putting our people first. It’s a story stamped with trust and just beginning. This is Trans-Matic, where metal takes shape.

1968

FOUNDED BY PAT THOMPSON

The Thompson family sells their house in Chicago to start a deep draw metal company in Holland, MI. The company is new and undercapitalized, but its people are filled with hope and determination. At the end of the year, founder Pat Thompson sits down with the company accountant and discovers Trans-Matic had turned a small first-year profit: $699.

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1970

Company project for a few good men

The DOD waits by the front door as Pat Thompson arrives to work one morning, sending Trans-Matic on one of the most unexpected and significant projects of the last 50 years. Through the Honeywell project, the team at Trans-matic has the chance to support the boys over in Vietnam: an opportunity they never forget.

1977

Grand opening of Holland, MI facilities

As the first company in the area and the metalforming industry with a profit-sharing program, Trans-Matic communicates a new kind of care and support for company employees and moves their headquarters to the current 48th Street location in Holland, MI.

1989

Pat Thompson appointed PMA Chair

The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is the full-service trade association representing the multibillion dollar metalforming industry of North America. Pat Thompson steps up as PMA Chair to help lead the association at an exciting time–just a couple of years prior to the association’s first Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference in Detroit, MI.

1992

Opening of Arizona facility

Trans-Matic’s Mesa plant provides another 50,000 square feet of production space and room for 12 advanced stamping presses, facilitating the company’s ability for manufacturing, prototyping as well as tool development & build to supply West and Northern Mexico.

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1998

Expansion of Holland facility

Holland facility expands to 238,000 square feet with fresh capacity for transfer and progressive presses as well as value add and value engineering solutions.

2002

PJ Thompson appointed company president

PJ Thompson continues the company legacy by bringing the same fiscal responsibility and mission for growth as his father, but with a vision for Trans-Matic’s future that is distinctly his own.

2006

Opening of Suzhou, China facility

For the first time, Trans-Matic expands to a new continent in order to better supply Asian clients with locally sourced parts at a location closer to home.

2012

PJ Thompson appointed PMA Chair

PJ aids the PMA in continuing to realize its mission to shape the environment of the metalforming industry, leading innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability.

2015

Expansion of Suzhou facility

With marked growth in China over the last decade, Trans-Matic expands its Suzhou facilities with enough capacity to supply all of Asia.

2016

Opening of Monterrey, Mexico facility

Trans-Matic’s most recent expansion to its global footprint creates the foundation for the company to supply all of South America with precise and high-performing deep drawn component parts.

2018

Trans-Matic celebrates 50 years

Trans-Matic has built a strong foundation, with the technology and financial resources to compete in the global market. Looking ahead, the company is excited to continue shaping this industry and the success of our clients for another 50 years.

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