About Us: History

Ray Smith, Sr., and sons, Ray Smith, Jr., and W. 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.

Today, the Smith family continues to build upon eight decades of manufacturing excellence with TENNSMITH American-made metal forming machinery. TENNSMITH has developed a full range of sheet metal tools including Automatic Folders, Hand Brakes, Shears, Slip Rolls, Cleat Benders, Notchers and Rotary Machines.

The company is recognized worldwide as a premier leader in the manufacture of sheet metal fabricating machinery. All TENNSMITH products are built in the USA. Our 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is well equipped with the very latest in machine tool technology. TENNSMITH machinery is backed by an industry leading 3-year limited warranty.

Quality workmanship, product performance and customer satisfaction are the key ingredients of maintaining our future growth. If you have suggestions, opinions or ideas that will help us improve our products, we would enjoy hearing from you.

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Inside Smith Machine Shop (Powermatic) 1944

All TENNSMITH products are built in the USA, backed by an industry-leading 3-year limited warranty.

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