All About Flex Machine Tools

705 Commerce Drive, Wapakoneta, OH 45895

In 1984, Richard Kennedy owned Midwest Specialties, a stamping facility that got its start producing water can brackets for Humvees and Jeeps. To help with some internal projects, he designed a tapping arm to increase speed and accuracy when tapping holes in the shop.

As other companies visited the machine shop for various reasons, they inevitably were drawn to the homemade tapping arm: they had never seen anything like it. Word spread across the small town of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and FlexArm Inc. was born.

Three generations later, FlexArm still produces water can brackets, is still based in Wapakoneta and is still in the family, run by Richard’s grandson, Nick Kennedy. Kennedy is driving forward, growing the company exponentially while keeping a firm grasp of their founding principles.

While the product line has grown to include assembly arms, die grinding equipment, part manipulation equipment and even FlexCNC, some things never change: FlexArm products are still catching the attention of machine shops and fabricators across the country. From humble beginnings to a vibrant, growing company, FlexArm has carved out a niche for itself in American manufacturing with efficient, flexible machines and a service-first culture.

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The original Midwest Specialties building


As soon as you walk into FlexArm | FlexCNC building, you know that this isn't your typical manufacturing company. The team at Flex Machine Tools aren't just co-workers, they're basically family. And they act like it, too. Through the good times and the bad, the employees at FlexArm | FlexCNC will have each other's backs, and that's one of the main reasons why our company is able to attract the best talent in the world.