In 1954 Abbott Engineering and Manufacturing Co. began producing soft jaws and specialised tooling on a sub-contract basis Phoenix in the USA. In 1955 Abbott built the nation’s first Pie Jaw® – this new type of jaw eliminated the problems inherent in rectangular jaws. Spurred on by cost-cutting techniques, an expanding product line and rapidly increasing acceptance if the Pie Jaw® innovation, Abbott emerged into national prominence in the early 60s and by 1968 the company had changed its name to Abbott Aluminium Chuck Jaws.
With continuing improvements in the quality, availability and affordability and with expanded product lines and move to Manhattan, Kansas Abbott further expanded its product line to include and extensive inventory of steel and aluminium straight jaws, aluminium tooling columns, sub-plates and associated fixturing. As a direct result of the increased manufacturing capabilities in 1993 Abbott changed its name to Abbott Workholding Products.
Abbott is the originator of and industry leader in aluminium chucks jaws and other lightweight products: