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In January, Knight Carbide Founder James Kyle passes away and ownership transfers to his sons, Bruce Kyle and Christopher Kyle. Chris takes over the sales responsibilities, adding Steve Keller, Leonard Jankowski, David Nowicki, and Harold Borden to the sales force with Teresa Rylee in order entry, Brian Dunn in quality control, and John Sexton in engineering.
Knight Carbide partners with Lumco on a line of ball-nose cutters and inserts for the die and mold industry. This marks the firm’s first venture into selling tool holders well as inserts.
An Ewag CNC grinder adds threading and grooving capabilities.
With the purchase of a CNC top and bottom grinder and CNC periphery grinder from German machine tool builder Wendt, Knight Carbide becomes the first carbide insert fabricator in the U.S.A to utilize CNC grinding for carbide inserts. With this new equipment, milling tools are added to the product line.
Knight Carbide joins ASMMA, the manufacturer and distributor trade association now known as ISA. Procuring materials from Duramet, Ultramet, Carbitech, and VR Wesson, and coatings from TI Coating, the firm begins to manufacture and market its own products through industrial distribution under the Knight Carbide name. Click here to view the 1983 Knight Carbide brochure.
Bruce Kyle graduates from Northern Michigan University with a degree in marketing and begins working at Knight Carbide.
Knight Carbide expands again, purchasing a 10,000 square foot building on Beattie in Sterling Heights.
Thomas Cantenacci leaves to start his own carbide company while James Kyle continues on with Knight, further expanding into threading, grooving, and form tools. At this point, raw materials are provided by the client, and products are sold under their name. Click here to view the 1976 Knight Carbide brochure.
By 1972 the gauge project has stalled, but the carbide grinding has taken off. The two partners incorporate Knight Carbide and expand their grinding for Carboloy, purchasing additional equipment to keep up with increasing volume. They move from their sublet in Roseville to a 5000-square-foot, multi-tenant facility on Calahan in Roseville.