91 Years of Manufacturing Excellence
S & S Machine Works
S & S Machine Works, the forerunner of S & S Hinge, began manufacturing continuous and butt type hinges in 1932 in Chicago. Hinges were manufactured for ammunition boxes, C-ration containers and military equipment containers during World War II for the U.S. Army.
Walter Stevenson, center
In 1948, Walter Stevenson separated the hinge stamping operation from S & S Machine Works and built a 10,000 sq. ft. facility at 4727 W. Iowa Street in Chicago, creating the S & S Hinge Company.
Al Stevenson, center
After serving in the United States Army, Walter's son, Al Stevenson, became a senior manager. S & S Hinge soon outgrew the Iowa Street facility and built a 20,000 sq. ft. facility in Schiller Park, Illinois, moving in 1959.
In 1983, Chris Stevenson, Al's son, joined the company and is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of S & S Hinge Company. Under his direction, the company has streamlined its production consistent with Lean Manufacturing principles.
Chris Stevenson, President/CEO
Chris is the 3rd generation Stevenson family member of the S & S Hinge Company. Originally coming from a residential construction background, Chris transitioned to manufacturing in 1983 and has lead S & S Hinge through 3 decades of growth. As the primary driver of marketing and sales activity worldwide, Chris leads a very user-friendly, customer-centric environment focused on fulfilling all buying processes, from stock hinges to complicated custom designs.
Carolyn Kulick, Administration Manager
For over 45 years, Carolyn has been the leader of our award winning customer service department, as well as the driver of our Lean administrative processes. Her extensive experience with "Lean" inventory management systems, sophisticated customer/supplier relationships, sophisticated customer buying processes and two generations of ownership provides our customers with the highest level of customer service in our industry.
Al Sandoval, Plant Manager
Al joined the S & S Hinge Company in 2017 and brings over 30 years of factory operations management and Lean manufacturing experience to our team. Al oversees all of the factory floor operations from our "Lean" in-flow of raw material through our state-of-the-art manufacturing and Value-Added processes, high-precision tooling systems, and our out-flow to customers on time as needed. A true factory floor Lean process leader.
Paul Shafar, Sales Engineer
Paul joined the S & S Hinge team in 2018 adding to 25 years of engineered component part sales and a degree in Industrial Technology. Paul travels extensively throughout the United States maintaining the strong customer relationships that have been established through decades of the highest level of customer service in our industry. Paul's experience in developing new opportunities and providing the face-to-face contact that adds Value to our customer/supplier relationships, is second to none in our industry.
We're Serious About Service
Our prompt and courteous service supports the high quality of our hinges. Call our customer service reps to discover for yourself how competitive our pricing is and how short our lead times are. They can offer you our signature services: free parts development, free prototype samples and free inventory management services.
At the S & S Hinge Company, we guarantee 100% defect-free parts because we manufacture our hinges under an auditable and fully traceable certified Total Quality Management program. The S & S Hinge Production Tolerances Diagram illustrates our standard production tolerances.