Original Tri-Kris Facility in 1945
    Tri-Kris was founded in 1945 by three men: J. Howard Deming, Fred
Zoller and Al Saddler, who had worked together during World War II
for a small firm that manufactured large babbitted bearings for ships.
The Tri-Kris name resulted from the use of the names of the wives and
children of the three owners. The three Krisís , Tri-Kris name, were
used to indicate the equal share of each to the hope for success of the
    Lansdale was picked as a likely site for the operations and an old
garage (20 x40) was found and prepared for a machine shop. The
intention of the three owners was to manufacture small babbitted thrust
shoe type bearings. But what was most urgent was obtaining sufficient
capitol for the machinery to manufacture the bearings. The owners
decided to do subcontract machining and 1948 outgrew the garage and
we built the building we are currently in.
     In 1956, we had built two additions to our current size 16,000 sq. ft.
The equipment initially was conventional type machinery and was later
expanded to CNC equipment. Over a period of time, J. Howard Deming
bought out his partners and owned the company solely till he decided to
retire. Wanting the company to continue, he sold the company to his
Vice-President, William I. Carling in 1991, who then sold the company to
his son, William E. Carling in 2006.
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