The father of our company, Paul H. Gesswein, was born in Germany. One of the youngest in a family of 18 children, he came to America with his father and some of his younger siblings when he was in his early teens.
As a teenager, Paul took a job working in a hardware store. Young Paul found that he had many requests from nearby craftsman for precision tools, mainly for manufacturing jewelry. Recognizing an opportunity, he decided to start his own business. He began by importing European tools (primarily from Germany) because American-made products were rare or nonexistent.
As people heard about his precision tools, requests from other parts of the country were received. That's when Paul decided to produce a book of tools and supplies that he could mail to those customers who couldn't visit his store - and the first Gesswein catalog was born!
The next generation gets involved, as Roger Gesswein Sr. manages the business. At the start of World War II, the supply of tools from Europe, and especially Germany, began to dry up. Roger had to find sources for his tools in the United States, but manufacturers had been directed to produce only goods pertinent to the war effort so they were unable to make the specialized tools necessary to supply Gesswein customers.
As the war wound down, more domestic sources for tools became available and the company quickly began to grow and expand. Gesswein moves to a new building on Maiden Lane in lower Manhattan.
In the early 1950s, the Paul H. Gesswein Company had ten employees and carried over 1,000 items. Even 20 years after his death, people still remembered what a gentleman Paul Gesswein was, and they remained loyal to the company he founded. During that decade, a line of abrasives was added to Gesswein's inventory to service the growing mold and die finishing industry. Plastics were becoming industry's material of choice and abrasives were required to finish plastic injection molds. Along with the line of abrasives, a complementary line of tools and equipment was added, and another catalog was born.
In 1963, the company moved to larger quarters. Space was found a few miles north, on lower Park Avenue. It seemed that the company would never fill up the 5000 square feet, but that was not the case. By 1966, another generation of Gessweins had entered the business. More space was rented at the Park Avenue address, and the company continued to grow.
Today, the Paul H. Gesswein Company offers its products to the global manufacturing community. The Gesswein Company now has grown to over 100 employees and offers over 17,000 machines, tools, equipment and supplies.
Ultimately, a move to Connecticut was planned. A building was designed to suit the company's needs, and the move was made. A few years later, an adjacent building was acquired, then a third one a few years after that.
By the 1980's, the growth of Paul H. Gesswein Company is now global. With tools and supplies from all over the world. Having such a global variety of quality products, it was inevitable that Gesswein would open their a location in Asia.
In 1989, at the demands of the local growing jewelry industry, GessweinSiam was born and opened its doors at the Mahaesak Offices in September.
GessweinSiam Co., Ltd. moves to our current location on Narathiwatratchanakharin Road. A centralized location, closer to main roads and parking. GessweinSiam's move to a new location was in expansion and growth of the company in Thailand. As well as to better service the industry with bigger offices, systems, stock rooms, space for tools, products and showroom.
At the new Narathiwatratchanakharin Rd. location, GessweinSiam grows in customer, tools and products. Now not only supplying tools and products from Gesswein USA, GessweinSiam brings tools from Europe, Asia, local Thai-Made products and other parts of the world. With new technologies like CAD/CAM manufacturing and other, Service becomes a necessity in the tools industry and an important part in the GessweinSiam brand philosophy.
And so GSC (GessweinSiam Service Center) was born. A seperated entity managed under the GessweinSiam umbrella, GSC was created to service specifically the Jewelry and Manufacturing Industry related to fixing of products, education, introduction of technologies and continuous service.
GessweinSiam recently expanded again in 2014 enlarging our current location to better serve the industry. Expanding the showroom, product catalog, GSC, staff and services. With over 12,000 products from over 200 suppliers worldwide, GessweinSiam's business is to bring the best selection of quality products, service and technology to the industry. With new expansions, our goal is to meet expectations and continue to grow for the benefit of our customers.
In preparation of the ASEAN community and countries of South East Asia, GessweinSiam prepares for a new age in selling and services to Asian Markets by building our own Seminar Room where invited product representatives can give seminars of their products and technologies at the GessweinSiam offices. Our purpose is to use our seminar room to better educate, provide seminars and training from experts to better serve the industry.
Included in this preparation is the launch of the new www.GessweinSiam.com website. With further media content and social media interaction with clients and interested persons for education, sales and services. E-Commerce applications are intended with further technology and advancement in the future to come.