Engis Corporation Celebrates Anniversaries Around the World

Engis Corporation celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.


Engis Corporation celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The group says it prides itself in not only supplying systems for fine finishing, but also the technical know-how through their Process Development Laboratories in the U.S. and Japan.

“Engis would like to thank its customers, employees, affiliates and distribution partners for working with us to establish the company as the leaders in superabrasives finishing systems,” says Stephen Griffin, president of Engis Corporation. “We earned this position by solving problems and developing custom solutions, and we will build upon this success by continuing to advance our diamond expertise and working hand-in-hand with end-users.”

Today Engis employs approximately 220 people worldwide and remains privately held by the original founding family. Facilities include its headquarters in Wheeling, IL (a Chicago suburb) and affiliate companies in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Canada and the U.K.

Originally established in Chicago in 1938 as a trading company for quality assurance instrumentation, Engis developed the industry’s first industrial diamond compound and established it under the HYPREZ trade name, according to the company. Notable accomplishments include developing a diamond lapping compound, which is believed to have improved the accuracy of military aircraft guidance systems during WWII and the micronization of diamond and CBN (cubic boron nitride) powders used in the synthesis of PDC (polycrystalline diamond compact) tooling for oiling and gas drilling. Anyone who has used a portable hard drive or supermarket bar code scanner, whose optical components are lapped, has touched products shaped by Engis submicron diamond particles, the company says.