A Manufacturer of Industrial Machines, Systems and Plants for Advanced Composites, Building Products and Pulp & Paper Since 1917

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Globe Machine

Established in 1917 in Tacoma, Washington, USA, Globe Machine Manufacturing Company celebrated 100 years as a machinery systems designer & builder in 2017, with expertise in high-capacity automated production systems.

Globe Machine Company Photo, 1951

Globe's Company Airplane, 1972

Cal Bamford, Jr. President and Representing the Ownership of Globe Machine Manufacturing

Globe Through the Years

Starting in 1917, Globe Machine developed as an engineering and manufacturing company supplying machinery for the Door and Plywood Industry. As the Composite Wood Panel industry developed in the 1960s and 1970s, Globe was involved in producing lines for some of the early particleboard, MDF, and wafer board plants. As these industries matured, Globe’sinvolvement in the development of the North American OSB and Engineered Wood Industrystimulated growth throughout the company in terms of size and technical capabilities.

Globe’s history includes leading the development of process technology areas such as PlywoodManufacturing, Wood IJoists, and other Engineered Wood Products, Panel Finishing andCoating, and integrated Automated Storage & Retrieval. These activities are significant worldwide, with major installations in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia.

Today, Globe is a premier supplier of custom-designed, built, and fully integrated equipment and systems for industries that include plastic composites, automotive, aerospace, pulp &paper, and building products. Recent developments in high capacity, automated manufacturing systems include Wind Turbine Blade Automation, OutofAutoclave Composite Press Systems, and Ultra HighPressure Press lines for Plastic Armor.

Much of the company’s supply is built to suit our customer’s particular preferences and Globespecializes in developing new solutions to meet each new challenge. This is reflected in our design capabilities. More than 20 percent of Globe’s staff is directly involved, on a full-time basis, in machine design and development. Our company’s capabilities are not limited to those industries that may be featured on this website

Cal Bamford, Jr. President & Owner

Globe Machine Manufacturing has been a family-owned and operated business since its conception. Founded by the father and son team of Jesse and Calvin Bamford, Sr. Today, more than a century later, Cal Bamford continues the family legacy of creating quality industrial solutions and is leading the Globe team towards the next 100 years.

Cal started working at Globe’s Tacoma facility in 1961. As a teenager, he had a hand in nearly every aspect of the manufacturing process, from sweeping, receiving, assembly, fabrication, and welding. Cal graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966 and then advanced towards an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. Cal has devoted himself to Globe and its success and contribution to innovation.

Father and son became business partners in 1967 when Cal became Vice President and Operating Officer. Calvin, Sr.’s influence taught Cal the importance of constant learning and adaptation.

“Calvin, Sr. taught from an attitude and outlook of life-long learning.”

As the company continued to grow in the 1970s, a mutual hobby turned into a unique business advantage to keep Globe expanding upward. While aviation was always an interest shared between the Bamford’s, Cal earned his pilot license and Globe purchased a plane for the better service of our customers. Customer facilities are often in remote areas, and company planes allowed for ease of travel and better accessibility to customers.

Throughout the rest of the 20th century, Globe expanded its industrial reach by branching into new industries and responding to customer and market needs. Cal became the sole owner and president of Globe Machine in 1975 and has led the company forward ever since.

Under his leadership, Globe has expanded in its size and capabilities. Today, Globe Machine custom solutions can be found in plants from numerous industries around the world, and the future sees Globe expanding even further.

“Over the course of our lifetime, Globe Machine has installed hundreds of millions of dollars of custom industrial machinery to help improve our customer’s businesses.”

More than 100 years after its conception, the overarching goals for Cal and Globe Machine remain similar to those of his Father and Grandfather: Supporting our customer’s success and improvement through our technological and mechanical advancements.

Outside of Globe, Cal enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family, including 7 grandchildren. As for his legacy here in Tacoma, the climate of innovation and the development of people within the business are the most satisfying pieces of his role at Globe Machine.