Miller Electric Mfg. Co., with headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin, manufactures arc welding and cutting equipment designed for manufacturing, fabrication, construction, aviation, motorsports, education, agriculture, and marine applications. Its parent company, Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW), maintains its strong position in the industry by maintaining reliability, quality, and responsiveness.
Miller Electric began with an innovation that responded to customer needs, growing from a one-man operation in 1929 when Neils Miller recognized the need for a small, affordable arc welder that would operate on the type of electricity readily available in rural Wisconsin, to the world’s largest manufacturer of arc welding and cutting equipment.
Today, Miller measures lead times in days or even hours. As a result, no other welding company matches Miller’s responsiveness when it comes to fast delivery, product quality or after-sale support. While the number of production workers is about the same as it was 15 years ago, today’s workforce produces twice as many welders. A 100 percent production increase, average tenure of 19+ years and a turnover of less than 2 percent. Miller people “bleed blue”.
Miller’s created the first welder with a built-in wire feeder, the Millermatic® 35. Miller created an “all-in-one” MIG welder that was affordable and easy to use in 1971. It was perfect for welding on automobiles, farm and ranch equipment, and home-hobby projects. Millions of Millermatics later, this product family has rekindled the love of metalworking just for fun, and it has turned many garage-shops into multi-million dollar fabrication businesses.
On the industrial side, Miller led the charge that made “inverter” technology widely accepted with the XMT® 304 multiprocess welder. Today, advanced products like the XMT, Axcess®, Dimension™ NT 456 and Millermatic 350P set the industry standards for reliability, arc quality, productivity, and ease-of-use. In fact, Miller believes that putting more technology inside the machine should make it easier to use, not harder. That’s why its advanced welders are also among its most operator-friendly.
Miller products also builds our future—literally. Next time you pass a construction job site or service truck, look for a Miller welder working hard. Miller designed its first gas engine-driven welding generator more than 50 years ago, and today the company’s Bobcat™ and Trailblazer® products are the most popular in the industry.