Simmons Knife & Saw in Glendale Heights celebrates 75th anniversary

  • Simmons employees pose for a company photo at Simmons Knife & Saw's 75th anniversary celebration.

    Simmons employees pose for a company photo at Simmons Knife & Saw's 75th anniversary celebration. Courtesy of Adam Moorman - All Day Breakfast

Updated 11/12/2021 2:56 PM

Simmons Knife & Saw in Glendale Heights is proud to announce its 75th anniversary as a bandknife and bandsaw blade manufacturer.

The company originally began producing bread slicing blades and consumer cutlery in 1946.


By 1953, Simmons' leadership discerned a market shift toward welded Scallop bands for large-scale bread slicing operations.

As a result, the business renewed its focus on the production of welded Scallop bandknife blades as well as new edge types for other emerging applications.

Since then, Simmons has moved its headquarters three times to allow for new lines of production and an increased number of employees.

In addition to expanding domestic operations, the business has also invested more in international distributors and end-users through the placement of a sales manager in Europe.

Today, Simmons Knife & Saw offers a wide range of products, including 21 unique edge types, for cutting, sawing, and slicing a variety of materials across more than a dozen industries.

"We couldn't be more excited about reaching this great milestone," said Colin Murphy, fourth-generation president and owner of Simmons. "I am so incredibly thankful to our loyal customers, many of whom have been with us for multiple decades, and our hard-working employees for helping us achieve and maintain this level of success for the past 75 years. We couldn't have done it without them."

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Throughout the past 75 years, Simmons Knife & Saw has emerged as one of the most prominent players in the foam fabrication industry, cultivated decades-long relationships with several different customers, and become synonymous with bandknife and bandsaw blade expertise across the globe. Simmons looks forward to continuing to challenge the status quo and finding new areas in the industrial sector that call for customized cutting solutions.

About Simmons Knife & Saw

Since 1946, Simmons Knife & Saw has been a supplier of cutting blades for industrial use. Simmons uses the highest quality steel available to manufacture its extensive selection of blade sizes and edge types. They currently offer customized cutting solutions to the foam fabrication, food processing, leather splitting, metal cutting, packaging, and wood cutting industries. World-class quality in manufacturing, innovative design and product development, and exceptional customer service have become Simmons' trademarks as the company continues to meet constantly changing user demands worldwide. Visit

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