AUGUSTA – A small Augusta business, which originally started in a garage, is now getting some big recognition.
KV Tooling Systems is becoming internationally known after winning an Australia-based competition on a design created for a Maine customer.
“By luck it coincided with this competition that was taking place by machine tool manufacturer called ANCA out of Australia,” said Owner Brian Beland.
The company uses computer numerical controlled machinery to make cutting tools
“Whatever the customer needs within our machine capability we can make,” said Beland.
The special application cutting tool was first made for a military vehicle. He said the company wanted something to save time when completing the project.
“To cut all the features that the customer wanted to cut they would’ve had to use six tools. This tool combined those features into one,” Beland said.
Beland said it took around 60 hours to create four of the cutting tools.
Two were given to the customer. The other two were entered into the ANCA Tool of the Year 2019 competition.
“We didn’t know how we would fare because it was a tough competition,” said Beland.
“I knew we had a shot because of the complexity of the tool we design but I just didn’t know how it would hold up with inspection process it was going through,” he said.
In the end, KV Tooling came out on top.
With this success, Beland said he is hoping to grow his company.
“We have a great customer base around Maine and New England but with this competition being national and international the marketing value of this is huge,” said Beland.