On Day 2 in Tennessee I traveled down I-24 to Murfreesboro, the new home of General International USA. This company is now the sole distributor for all woodworking tools, machinery, and accessories for General Manufacturing and General International. Those brands are still headquartered in Montreal, Canada, but distribution and customer service for the U.S. will now be handled in Tennessee. Heading up this new operation is Scott Box, most recently president of Steel City Toolworks, and formerly with Powermatic and Delta.
For those of you who might not know, General woodworking machines are made in Drummondville, Quebec, not far from Montreal. The General International line of tools is made in Taiwan to General’s specifications. This line features a full complement of stationary and benchtop machines.
As I was visiting this new office and warehouse, I met with several top management officials of General as well as the owner. In addition, I got to catch up with Box and his staff, all of whom have worked in the tool business for decades. I was glad to hear that not only are both lines continuing to bring new products to market, but both are showing increased distribution in retail stores and Web sites. Here’s a sampling of some of the new tools to come:
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