HYDMECH isn’t just “known” in the band saw market, it created it and remains a leading provider of the manufacturing technology today. In fact, it recently was named the No. 1
sawing equipment brand for service centers by Metal Center News, which is pretty remarkable considering that band sawing was not its chosen industry when Stan Jasinski founded the company in 1978.
Jasinski, who immigrated to Ontario from Poland, was an engineer by trade and founded HYDMECH as an engineering consulting firm specialized in hydraulic and forestry equipment. The only issue was that Jasinski was hard pressed to find a saw that fit his customers’ needs, so he leveraged his engineering knowhow and built his own mitering saw, not knowing that he would actually kick off a completely new business for HYDMECH. In 1980, the company switched focus and has never looked back.
Today, HYDMECH is a global manufacturer of band saws, cold saws and material handling equipment that can be used as standalone pieces or integrated systems. “The way this industry and technology has involved is that the circular sawing market dominated the business, but now metal sawing has advanced and surpassed that business,” Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rick Arcaro explains. “So from the 70s to 80s and into the 90s, this business just grew tremendously.”
That growth was noticed by investment group MEP, which purchased HYDMECH in 2007 and introduced it to the world. “This really is a success story that started on a piece of paper with a few guys in a garage and today is a global corporation,” Arcaro says. “We have four manufacturing sites in Woodstock, Ontario; Arkansas; China and Pergola, Italy.”