Loomis History

After decades of working in sales for other companies, Gehle Loomis at age 48 had a vision to begin his own engineering and sales business. At the time, there was a need in the market for metal work engineering, and Gehle knew he had the skillset. His son Randy, a recent college graduate and only one year into his career in Chicago, would move back to Rockford to help bring his father’s vision to life. Tool Engineering Industries was born on October 1, 1979 in the basement and childhood home of the Loomis residence.

Father and son, and eventually Gehle’s daughters too would work side by side. Unfortunately, Gehle’s life ended early just four years later in 1983 due to complications in surgery. Randy and his sisters Vicki (1986) and Lorri (1984) would continue their father’s legacy and push Tool Engineering forward. In the summer of 1989, Tool Engineering grew out of the family’s basement and moved into a rented space in the Old Atwood Building on North Main Street in Rockford. Business was picking up, and warehouse space also became necessary as Tool Engineering forged into new territory of buying and selling machinery.

By 1993, it had become time to purchase land to house Tool Engineering, now a company of 5 people. Built upon 2.25 acres in Machesney Park, they made the move in July 1994 into an 8,000 sq./ft. building. It wasn’t long before they outgrew the original structure, and an additional 24,000 sq./ft. was added on in 1998. By 2000, even more growth was imminent, so the adjoining four acres were purchased with an eye towards future expansion. At this same time, the Tool Engineering name had been changed to Loomis International, Ltd.

As Loomis International continued to prosper, other companies began to form to address more needs in the tooling and fastener industries. On February 4, 1998, on what would have been Gehle’s 67th birthday, National Header Die was born. Randy had started his own header tooling company, which had also been a dream of his father’s. In 2004, Armor Coated Technology (ACT) was formed. All three companies now employ 60 people, a long ways from their humble beginnings.

Since the beginning in 1979, Loomis International Ltd. has been the home to three generations of Loomises. Today father, sons and daughter work side by side just as it was 40 years prior.

In March of 2018 we moved to our current location of 176,200 sq./ft. on 32 acres in Byron IL.

Who We Are

Provide companies domestically and internationally with outstanding customer support via machinery, tooling, and industry expertise.

At Loomis International our staff combines years of industry and shop floor experience to provide the best solutions for your company. If we don’t have what you are looking for, our staff will work hard to find it. We believe in doing business this way. If it’s tooling, machinery, or industry expertise we take satisfaction in providing you with solutions.

Our Services

Used Machinery 90
Appraisals 90
Machine Rebuilds & Repairs 95

What People Say

“John Gates met me on a Saturday in our shop to work on a machine that was giving us some problems until it was diagnosed for the upcoming production week.” 

Chicagoland Fastener Company

“Randy and his team of employees always get back to us exceptionally fast on quotes and always stand behind their products.” 

Ohio Fastener Company

“We have had numerous times where we have been bailed out on a part that Loomis has and they have also hand delivered it to get us out of a jam.” 

Rockford Fastener Company

Meet Our Team

Randy Loomis
Randy LoomisPresident
Hi I’m Ted. I am new to Loomis as I’ve only been with my human parents a few months. I get to visit the office with my Dad every few weeks. Make sure you stop in as I am excited to meet all my Dad’s friends!
John Gates
John GatesTechnical Director
Beaux and Emily both enjoy going on walks and love car rides with Dad.
Thom Loomis
Thom LoomisSales & Marketing Executive
Buck crossed the rainbow bridge May 18th 2023. He was loved and leaves a massive void in his families hearts. He enjoyed seeing everyone during his time at Loomis International!
John Loomis
John LoomisSales & Manufacturing Executive
Winston is a rescue dog that accompanies his Dad to work on Tuesday’s while his younger energetic lab brother attends day care.
Abbey Gray (Loomis)
Abbey Gray (Loomis)Sales & Operations Executive
When he’s not mixing with other doodles at daycare, you can find him at the water cooler with his best friend, Buck.
Doug Newton
Doug NewtonSenior Director of Tooling Sales
Cathy Thayer
Cathy ThayerAccount Executive
Ty is a rescue dog that has been a member of our family for 9 years. He has a huge personality, is very stubborn and loves going on adventures! He also has his own Instagram page.
Miranda Coblentz
Miranda CoblentzAccount Executive
Coming Soon.
Lynda Hewitt
Lynda HewittController
Maddie and Lexxii grew up at Loomis as littles, but do not currently come to work with momma. They are the kids that are always so happy to see us and greet us with a warm smile and wet kisses when we return home from a long day at work.
Amy Ogden
Amy OgdenShipping and Recieving
Coming Soon.
Cathy Manning-Smagacz
Cathy Manning-SmagaczShipping and Recieving
Coming Soon.
Vicki Loomis
Vicki LoomisRetired Executive
Em and Grace enjoy coming to work and making the rounds from office to office collecting treats.
Lorri Loomis
Lorri LoomisRetired Executive
Hello everyone! I am Louie.

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