General Machine Products Celebrates 75 Years

November 2011, Vol. 66 No. 11
The recently introduced GMP Ramrod Trailer-Mounted Powered Duct Rod Pusher.

General Machine Products Company Inc. (GMP) celebrates 75 years of manufacturing and engineering excellence as a global provider of a wide range of products for the telecommunications, power utility and cable television industries, and the contractors who serve them.

Founded by engineer George M. Pfundt (1896-1987) in 1936, GMP’s product applications include the placement of fiber optic, copper conductor and coaxial cable both aerially and underground. GMP aerial cable lashing machines, Adams continuous duty winches and fiber optic cable pullers are accepted as the industry standard today. The complete line of GMP’s 1,100 plus products also includes cable reels and aerial blocks, cable cutters, unique RJ plug pressing tools, fiber optic cable blowing equipment, and other specially designed tools for the data, telecommunications and power utility markets.

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Three generations of continuous leadership at General Machine Products Company -- William, Nelson and George Pfundt.

Today, GMP facilities include a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Trevose, PA, in suburban Philadelphia, and in Rutland, England (its CBS Products Ltd. unit). Both facilities are equipped with a full complement of technologically advanced machine tools manned by a well-trained team of craftspeople.

Looking back

GMP started operations in Philadelphia as a specialty machine shop serving the local Bell Telephone company and the area’s electric utility company. GMP expanded to a production shop manufacturing experimental prototypes after forming close relationships with the Western Electric Company and Bell Telephone Laboratories.