Original Saw Company acquires Williams & Hussey Machine Co. assets
September 24, 2020 | 5:00 pm CDT
Original Saw Company is based in Britt, Iowa, and makes a diversified line of machinery including radial-arm saws, beam saws, and material handling products.

BRITT, IA – Two legacy woodworking machinery companies with a heritage going back more than 50 years will combine as it was announced that Original Saw Company has acquired Williams & Hussey Machine Co.

With a heritage that dates to the 1950s, Williams & Hussey Machine Co. has been an industry leader in the manufacturing of moulders and profile knives for over 60 years for the woodworking professional.

"Williams & Hussey Machine Co. is an iconic brand that shares many similarities with Original Saw Company. These parallels include commitment to American made products and the highest quality production," said Allen Eden, President of Original Saw Company. "By purchasing Williams & Hussey, it drives our future growth and expands our woodworking product offerings. The company’s established brand aligns with our company goals to add industrial-rated woodworking equipment to our offerings."

Williams & Hussey has been making moulders in New Hampshire since the 1950s.

Founded in the late 1940s by Thurston Williams and Forrest Hussey, Williams & Hussey began their business adventure manufacturing pumps and auto parts. In the mid 1950s Williams & Hussey pivoted and began manufacturing moulders. Over the years, other product offerings were introduced, but none stood the test of time like the moulder. Today four models are produced along with profile knives. Standard knife options are stocked and ready for immediate shipping. Custom knives are created in collaboration with the customer to replicate profiles and encourage creativity.

"I am excited to add Williams & Hussey Machine Co. to our portfolio. Through the years, both companies have emphasized customer service and excellence in quality,” said Eden. “We are planning for a smooth transition for Williams & Hussey customers."

Operations will move during the first week of October from Amherst, New Hampshire, to the Britt, Iowa, headquarters that housees Original Saw Company and subsidiaries Jones Machinery and OSC Technologies.

Stephen Carter, President and CEO of Williams & Hussey Machine Co. commented, "I am confident our customers will receive the same quality service and products from Original Saw Company, which is also a small, family-owned, American-made company for 30 years. What a great opportunity for the woodworking industry to have two manufacturing companies known for quality and service join forces."

In 1990, Original Saw Company purchased the historic DeWalt division of radial-arm saws. Through the years, Original Saw Company diversified its product lines by expanding the radial-arm saw models and adding beam saws, cut off saws and material handling products. Original Saw Company products are currently sold to home centers, woodworkers and many other industries that specialize in cutting wood, metal, and aluminum in North America. For more information, visit www.originalsaw.com.

Through the years Williams & Hussey added other product lines besides moulders and knives, but the moulder remains as their focal point. Sales have been concentrated in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Canada. For more information, visit www.williamsnhussey.com.


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William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editor of FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.