A History of Diamond Tool & Engineering

How we Started

img_1943-diamondte-1738Diamond Tool & Engineering started in 1989 as a tool and die company specializing in the injection molding plastics industry. Founder and President, Kent Smith had been in the tool & die industry  for over thirty-five years. Kent started in Minnesota and a few years later found himself in Ohio. While in Ohio, he found himself longing to return to his home town of Bertha, Minnesota.

Kent took a leap of faith and returned to Bertha, Minnesota to begin a company that would not only provide economic security for himself, but also create good paying jobs for people in his home town.

Bertha, Minnesota

Map Minnesota ImageBertha is a thriving rural community located in central Minnesota with a population of approximately 500 people. The community of Bertha offers four churches and a K-12 public school – Go Bertha-Hewitt Bears! Other establishments include: Star Bank, Seven Oaks Express gas station, Bertha Museum & Historical Society, Seip Drug, Bertha Medical Clinic, and the Amish Country Co-op. The family-focused, small town tranquility of Bertha is reminiscent of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

As fate would have it, Diamond Tool & Engineering’s first project was a rubber injection mold for the instrumentation on a Polaris four-wheeler. The project was not a plastic injection mold but it was a start. The first year the firm grew gradually to three full-time employees. By 1998 Diamond Tool & Engineering reached thirty-five full-time employees, upgraded equipment, and underwent a complete building remodel.

Our Next Stage

In 2004, Chris Smith, who car-pooled with Kent in Ohio during the ’80’s, joined the team to open up operations in Ohio. Chris started with automotive industry sales out of his home. And within a couple of years, Chris opened a 2,400 square-foot support facility in Englewood, Ohio. In 2008, Diamond Tool & Engineering needed a larger facility in Ohio. A bigger building with more space for the increase in business and the capabilities to handle the larger molds was found in Laura, Ohio.

Laura, Ohio

Ohio Map ImageThe Village of Laura is a small, rural community of almost 500 people located in west central Ohio. With one church, a post office, and a K-12 public school – Go Milton-Union Bulldogs! – the Village of Laura creates a charming, pastoral, small town setting.

Diamond Tool & Engineering Today

Diamond Tool & Engineering’s facility in Bertha, MN has grown to 6,500 square-f00t and the Laura, OH facility has grown to 8,000 square feet. The Minnesota facility is a full service tool and die shop, complete with the most advanced robotics. The Ohio facility handles mold maintenance, repair, and global sourcing. Diamond Tool & Engineering can repair or update tools up to 16,000 lbs.

We at Diamond Tool & Engineering take pride in our work and in our local communities.

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