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CLIMAX pioneered portable machining technology 50 years ago in 1966. Ever since, we’ve kept our promise to our customers, by delivering the industry’s best tools, technology, training, and service. With over 75 standard products and services, CLIMAX offers one-stop shopping, and we are the only global company that NEVER competes with our customers. From products, consulting, application engineering, custom design, training, start-up, after-sale service, spare parts, tooling & bits, repair, and rentals, CLIMAX offers unmatched value in our industry.

Our Vision

We envision a world where all people who do maintenance, repair, or manufacturing work optimize their performance, efficiency, and safety by using the optimal combination of portable machining, welding, and testing systems.

Our Mission

To help our customers do their work better, faster, safer, and more cost-effectively by bringing the most innovative, highest-quality portable machining, welding, and testing tools right to the job! Deliver an outrageously good customer experience – every interaction, everywhere, every time!

Our Value

Our competitive advantage comes from 50+ years of engineering design and manufacturing know-how, application experience, product quality and performance, end-to-end solution capability, and our never-ending commitment to an outrageously good customer experience – every interaction, every time, everywhere!

Expanding Goal

Our merger with H&S TOOLS separates us as the #1 portable machining tool supplier in the industry. Now with 38 sales and rental locations and a global network of 52 professional dealers we will continue to grow and strengthen our customer base and partnerships. To support our customers across the globe, we are well positioned and will continue to grow our fleet of 2,500+ rental tools.

About Climax

Every day customer’s call upon CLIMAX for robust and reliable equipment designed to tackle any on-site machining project or application. Technicians with the most mission-critical, tightest-tolerance machining tasks come to us for the tools and solutions to achieve the highest levels of efficiency and profitability. Many of the largest companies on earth rely on CLIMAX to solve the most complicated and challenging machining jobs. When success is non-negotiable, let CLIMAX be your partner of choice. We’re #1 for a reason.


Based in Newberg, Oregon, , CLIMAX Portable Machining & Welding Systems is a world-class provider of comprehensive, on-site machining solutions. CLIMAX pioneered the portable machine tools concept in 1966, and today customers rely on CLIMAX not only for the breadth of its machining solutions, but also for its expertise at solving maintenance challenges in a variety of industries. As the world’s largest supplier of portable machine tools, CLIMAX offers standard and custom-built solutions and serves the global through its own offices and licensed representatives in 32 countries. The company serves major worldwide corporations including General Electric, Siemens Power Generation, Bechtel, Caterpillar and Northrop Grumman, as well as service companies.

History at a Glance

Key milestones and accomplishments for CLIMAX to date include:

CLIMAX Model 65 Key Mill


1st keymill

Paul Strait created the first Model 65 Key Mill. His machine shop, Coastal Machine Works in Tillamook, Oregon, began a limited production. The little machine saved so much downtime that it rapidly became known by maintenance men in sawmills and paper mills.

Original Climax Portable Logo


company beginnings


CLIMAX Manufacturing Company was incorporated in Tillamook.

Journal Squirrel Portable Lathe


1st portable lathe

– CLIMAX Manufacturing Company moved to Newberg, Oregon.
– The first portable Lathe (Journal Squirrel) was designed for turning bearing journals in pulp and paper mills.

CLIMAX Receiving The Governor’s International Business Award


international expansion

CLIMAX received the Governor’s International Business Award in recognition for expansion into international markets.

CLIMAX Portable Flange Facer


1st flange facer

– CLIMAX designed their first two Flange Facers, Model FF618 and Model LFF1840. These machines were designed to repair pipe flanges in the petroleum industry.
– CLIMAX builds a training facility to train customers on its equipment

CLIMAX Portable Milling Machine


1st portable mill

CLIMAX builds their first Portable Milling Machine.

CLIMAX Portable World Headquarters

Mid 1980’s

New Beginnings

CLIMAX changed the company name to CLIMAX Portable Machine Tools and developed a “Five Diamond” logo to depict our marketing strategy. Portable, Maintenance, Metal Cutting, Machine Tools, for On-Site.

Model BB1149 Portable Line Boring Machine


1st line boring machine

CLIMAX entered the boring bar market with a new Portable Line Boring Machine, Model BB1149.

CLIMAX Portable German Headquarters


global presence

CLIMAX opens European Headquarters

CM6000 Portable Circular Mill


1st circular mill

CLIMAX develops CM6000 Portable Circular Mill for machining wind tower flanges. Milling machine becomes the standard tool in the industry for machining wind tower flanges to spec.

BORTECH Auto Bore Welders


Bortech acquisition

CLIMAX acquires Bortech, expands its automated welding and cladding product offerings as well as its training services, and changes its name to CLIMAX Portable Machining & Welding Systems.

Calder Valve Testing Facility


Calder Testers acquisition

CLIMAX acquires Calder Testers, strengthening its position in the worldwide valve repair and testing market. Calder also moves to larger Houston facility to provide Gulf-region customers with both CLIMAX and Calder products, technical support, training programs and rental services.

H&S Tool World Headquarters


h&s acquisition

CLIMAX acquires H&S Tools, the top brand in tube/pipe cutting and beveling tools. With CLIMAX and H&S Tool joining forces, customers have access to even more turnkey solutions.


Continued Investment

– Expanding global presence by opening new headquarters in Asia Pacific, Middle East, United Kingdom and a regional sales facility in Louisiana.
– Continuing to expanded global sales presence in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Norway, Russia, and United States.
– Celebrating our 50th anniversary.

Valued Customers Include:

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Exelon Logo
B&W Logo
Huntington Ingalls Industries Logo
Hyundai Heavy Industries Logo
Joy Global Logo
JSL Logo
Rio Tinto Logo
US Dept. of the Interior Seal
Siemens Logo
United States Navy Seal
Vigor Industrial Logo
Areva Logo
Barrick Logo
Caterpillar Logo
General Dynamics Electric Boat Logo
Hitachi Logo
US Army Corps of Engineers Logo


Tom Cunningham

President & Chief Executive Officer

John Hazlett

Chief Financial Officer

Dave Baker

General of H&S Tool Dave Baker

Corporate Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Andrew Chin

Director of Sales Andrew Chin

Vice President of Sales & Marketing - Asia Pacific

Harry Griffith

Vice President of Human Resources

Scott Thiel

Director of Engineering Scott Thiel

Vice President of Engineering, Research & Development

Paul Burden

Director of Sales & Marketing, UK

Rani Musallam

Director of Sales & Marketing, Middle East & Africa

Chris Sedlmeyer

Director of Quality Assurance & Performance Excellence