|AERIAL Machine and Tool Corporation was founded by Benjamin
Kurz in Long Island City, NY in 1926. The company was located
just across the river from Manhattan in the shadow of the new
Queensboro Bridge. Calvin Coolidge was president at the time;
talking motion pictures were about to be introduced and Charles
Lindbergh was preparing to make the first ever trans-Atlantic
Kurz built his modest machine shop business for a few years
before the great depression hit hard. The business held on
through the tough times and survived on Kurz’ dedication
to quality and his refusal to cut corners. As the economy improved,
AERIAL’s reputation grew and the company thrived. By
1940, AERIAL had become a prime contractor for the US Department
of Defense, a distinction that it enjoys to this day. The company
expanded as the nation prepared for World War II. Sewing capabilities
were added and the company began to specialize in life-safety
equipment, parachute hardware and accessories, belts, harnesses,
restraints and case goods. These products remain an important
part of AERIAL’s business even today.
Benjamin Kurz passed
away in 1978 and the company was sold by his heirs. The new
owners relocated the company to its present
location just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Meadows of Dan, Virginia
in 1988. Since then, the company has steadily built its capabilities
and technological expertise in the areas of heavy and light
duty sewing, precision machining and finishing of high tolerance
metal parts and proficient assembly of diverse components.
While many US sewing operations have been negatively affected
by low cost off-shore alternatives, AERIAL flourishes by focusing
on products where quality is the overriding concern---namely
products that protect lives. Our customers know that we simply
do not cut corners on quality. This is reassuring when lives
are in the balance.
AERIAL is recognized for the quality and consistency of our
products. We have received numerous certifications
and credentials that set us apart from competitors
in our industry.
Our management team and skilled staff
are dedicated to serving our customers
well. We welcome the opportunity to explore
joint ventures, and strategic alliances.
To find out more about working with AERIAL,
visit the How to Do Business with AERIAL section of our website or Contact Us directly.