Our History

Ray Smith Sr., and sons Ray Smith Jr. and Douglas Smith founded the business first known as Smith Machine Tool Company in McMinnville Tennessee. Ray Sr. and his brothers were the owners and managers of Powermatic, the McMinnville-based manufacturer of wood and metalworking machinery, which was established by their father Leonard F. Smith Sr. back in 1928. Smith Machine Tool Co. was later reincorporated as Tennsmith Inc. Looking to expand, Tennsmith purchased Roper Whitney out of Rockford, IL in 2011 which also included trusted brands Pexto and Connecticut. Joining together, the Tennsmith and Roper Whitney companies offer the most complete line of American made sheet metal machinery on the market today.

Today, the Smith family continues to build upon over nine decades of manufacturing excellence with Tennsmith American-made metal forming machinery. Tennsmith has expanded their full range of sheet metal tools including Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers, Rotary Machines and more. The company is recognized worldwide as a premier leader in the manufacturing of sheet metal fabricating machinery.

Smith Machine Tool Company – 1944

Our Guarantee

Quality workmanship, product performance and customer satisfaction are the key ingredients of the Tennsmith brand.

All Tennsmith products are made right here in the USA and our 100,000 square-foot facility is well equipped with the very latest in machine tool technology. Our machinery is backed by an industry-leading 3-year limited warranty.*

Applications

TENNSMITH tools are most often used in cutting and forming light gauge steel sheet but are also suitable for fabricating or processing stainless steel, aluminum, plastics, non-ferrous sheet, laminates, printed circuit boards, paper and card stock, wire cloth and numerous other materials. Space limitations prevent listing capacity comparisons on all of the various possibilities. However, we would be pleased to work with you on specific applications if you will call or write us at the factory. Material characteristics or samples are helpful.

*TENNSMITH machinery and component parts are carefully inspected at various stages of production and are tested and inspected prior to shipment. We agree that for a period of twelve (12) months from date of delivery from our authorized distributor to replace, at our option, any machine (or component part thereof) proving defective within the above period. Additionally, we agree that for a period of thirty-six (36) months from date of delivery to replace component parts proving defective within the stated period. All warranty claims are made FOB our plant, providing such machine (or component part) is returned freight prepaid to our plant, or a designated service center of the undersigned, for our examination. This warranty does not include repair or replacement required because of misuse, abuse, or because of normal wear and tear; or electrical components which are warranted by their manufacturer. Further, we cannot be responsible for the cost of repairs made or attempted outside of our factory or designated service center without our authorization. No claims for defects will be honored if the name and data plate has been removed. This warranty is made expressly in place of all other warranties or guarantees, express or implied, with respect to fitness, merchantability, quality or operativeness. This warranty becomes effective only when the accompanying warranty card is fully and properly filled out and returned to the factory within ten (10) days from date of delivery.