Since 1950, Mequon, Wisconsin based Jorgensen Conveyors, Inc. has been solving
problems for our customers with proven lines of conveyors, coolant filtration and material
handling equipment. Jorgensen also designs and builds a complete line of process feeder
conveyors for the recycling industry. Founded by Charles T. Jorgensen, the company started in all phases of general
conveyor design, manufacture and installation in many types of manufacturing applications.
Early customers included major manufacturing companies such as International Harvester,
American Motors, JI Case, AO Smith, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. Conveyor
types included hinged steel belt, roller, heavy duty scrap handling and apron conveyors,
overhead trolley, slat and chain conveyors.
In the mid '50's Jorgensen began to get involved in conveyors for machine tool applications
involving transfer and pallet shuttle systems. Along with these systems, it was at this time that
Jorgensen began to build metal belt conveyors to handle chips, turnings and scrap produced by
machine tools. These first machine tool chip conveyors were built using belts purchased from
other manufacturers. Jorgensen bought the belt, built the conveyor casing and drive and sold the
finished unit to the OEM machine tool builder market.
Recognizing the weaknesses of existing metal belts, Jorgensen designed its own belt, had
the proper tooling made and began to produce their own belt. The first stamping dies to produce
belt parts were made in 1954. At this point, the OEM machine tool market was starting to
become a substantial part of Jorgensen's business. Gisholt (Giddings & Lewis), Sundstrand and
Greenlee were among our first machine tool builder customers. In the late '50's and early '60's,
the machine tool chip conveyor market developed as speeds, feeds and chip volumes increased,
creating demand for automated chip handling.
In the succeeding years, Jorgensen continued to refine and improve our original design, and
developed our present patented 2-1/2" pitch chain featuring the off-set side wings, chain side
bars and axles that pass through the hinge loops of the belt apron plates and all of the chain
parts. The patents obtained by Charles T. Jorgensen on the off-set "pass through" side wing
came in the early '60's. This design development was a key factor in Jorgensen becoming a
major player in the growing machine tool chip conveyor market. It was and still is an ideal chain
for the end-user customer since it is so easy to take the belt apart for maintenance purposes. The
design was also very cost effective, since it requires fewer parts.
Jorgensen's design innovation and willingness to build to the customers specifications in the
formative years of the machine tool chip conveyor market helped to establish our leading position in the
industry. The company continues to be owned and operated by third generation descendants of
Charles T. Jorgensen, John and Chuck D'Amico. Jorgensen currently operates in a 100,000 square
foot office and manufacturing facility in Mequon, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee.