By 1952, 24-year-old Louis Kahn already had several accomplishments to his name. After graduating early from Chicago’s South Shore High School, Louis served with distinction in the U.S. Navy during World War II. When he returned home, Louis became a history major at Loyola University while working at his father’s retail clothing store, “Frey & Kahn.” Deciding that the clothing business wasn’t a good fit for him, the young man left to find his true calling.
During his travels, Louis met and fell in love with a woman named Barbara—who would become his wife of sixty-three years—and the two left for Bermuda without any concrete job prospects. Eventually, the pair ran low on funds, causing Louis to sell canned food by day; by night, Louis was apprenticing for a tool & die manufacturer and he managed to graduate in one year’s time.
On April 1, 1955, Louis took the advice of his industry experienced Aunt Fannie and founded Perfection Spring Manufacturing Co. The company began with two employees, $5,000 in startup capital, one coiling machine, one “very used” fourslide machine, some old tool room equipment purchased from an auction, and a dream.
The first iteration of Perfection Spring worked from a small garage in Chicago. Seven-day work weeks were typical, and despite the effort it took getting the company running, Louis didn’t mind much—each day presented an opportunity to build new products as well as new relationships.
In five short years, Perfection Spring Manufacturing Co. had amassed a diverse customer base and welcomed several new employees into the company; after hitting $1 million in sales, Louis and his team was able to relocate to a 15,000 square foot facility, which was the first of much relocation for the company.
After procuring its first punch press, the company became known as Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. With its added manufacturing capabilities, the new Perfection Spring expanded its customer base even further; the company’s dedication to customer satisfaction and high-quality products helped sustain growth throughout several economic recessions, customer changes and market integration.
This year, Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. proudly celebrates its 60th year in business. Reaching for $20 million in sales from its 75,000 square foot factory, the company is vastly different from its humble beginnings in Lou’s garage. Much of the company’s success is attributed to the solid foundation of integrity, hard work, and persistence which remain as Perfection’s guiding principles. At age 88, Louis now serves as the company’s Chairman of the board with day-to-day operations led his two sons, David and Joshua. Louis’ granddaughter Rachel has also joined the company, making Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. a third-generation business. Only 12% of American businesses manage to survive into a third generation, but rather than just surviving, Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. has thrived.
Today, our company’s capabilities include progressive die metal stamping, custom fourslide and multislide stamping, and much, much more. It serves a global customer base, from Fortune 1000 Companies to small start-up companies utilizing the newest of technologies. Be sure to contact Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp. to learn how we support your company’s vision and dream.