Ken Forging: American Made Excellence

When Richard A. Kovach began his dream in 1970 inside a 20′ x 20′ garage in Cleveland, Ohio, little did he know that within the next two decades his then Tool & Die business would literally become one of the country’s leading manufacturers in the forging business.


Within nine months he had moved into a 2,000 square foot facility with two part-time people. For the next five years he was sinking dies for other forging companies with Cleveland Hardware being a prime source of the die business.


The work was increasing and so were the demands upon him as CEO, engineer, draftsman and die sinker. Eleven full time employees were now on board. Cleveland had afforded the initial opportunity to grow. It was now time to move 60 miles to Jefferson, Ohio, construct a building, convert die sinking for others into dies for manufacturing a major product line of his own, and change the company name from Ken Tool & Forge to Ken Forging, Inc. which would change the major emphasis to the forging of fasteners. The first and still leading product is the eye bolt, both shoulder and plain pattern.


Ken Forging, Inc. now employs over 100 people and has increased plant size to 220,000 square feet with a 10,000 square foot packing and shipping area, spread upon 21 acres of quiet wooded area complete with a pond, ducks, geese and wildlife. From that dream in a garage, Rich Kovach has forged a reality.


As Kovach states: “It is the total quality commitment we offer to our customers, along with fast service of same day or next day shipment. We are dedicated to total customer service and satisfaction, beginning at the top. Employees know and understand the importance of providing customers with superior quality products at a competitive price with substantial inventory to provide the fast turn-around required. Because we can do everything in our house, we can meet those requirements.”


For over forty years Ken Forging, Inc. has offered the broadest selection of forged industrial hardware to the fastener and forging industries. Since its beginning, Ken Forging has made a commitment to service and quality on all products.


Committed to the highest quality level attainable, Ken Forging offers 100% traceability and lot control for quality assurance requirements. Because of ample inventory on all stock items, Ken Forging offers same day/next day shipping to meet customers’ needs and fastest possible delivery for modified products.


Today the original Ken Forging product line of carbon steel eyebolts and rod ends has been expanded to include stainless steels and alloys: eyebolts, nut eyebolts, rod ends, eye nuts, turnbuckle bodies and fittings, D-Rings, and custom capability to 200 lbs. which allows Ken Forging to provide an expansive array of structural components for the industrial hardware industry.


The company’s forged products line also includes T-slot nuts, wedges; a line of forged steel machine strap clamps which includes finger, goose neck, plain, U, and universal adjustable clamps with saddles, c-clamps and thumbscrews. These products allow Ken Forging to provide the tooling industry with the best quality forged set-up equipment available.

Because Ken Forging can do everything in house, it can meet those requirements.


Ken Forging lives and works by its mission objective: “Service is our strength. Quality is our commitment.”

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