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Since its beginning in 1950, the Kenco brand has earned the reputation of being a manufacturer of rugged and dependable, precision presses.  Kenco presses proved to be so well engineered and recognized that the company become known as The Small Press Specialists.  The Kenco line has offered additional press styles designed for applications requiring up to 20 tons of force.  In recent years, our efforts have been dedicated to manufacturing the 3 and 5 ton Kompac presses while still supporting replacement parts for most of the larger obsolete designs. 

Over the years the basic design has been improved to make these exceptional presses more efficient, versatile and durable than ever.  With in-house engineering, machining and assembly capabilities, all Kenco presses are built in the USA with stringent control over manufacturing quality.

Kenco presses are being used in a wide variety of industrial markets. The following list demonstrates just a few applications where Kenco presses have been applied:


Consumer Appliance Metalworking
& Assembly

  • kitchen equipment
  • loudspeakers
  • portable heaters

Consumer Products

  • batteries
  • cutlery
  • house wares

Medical Products

  • orthodontics
  • surgical tools

Fabricated Plastic Components

  • credit cards
  • electrical insulators

Precious Metals Processing

  • jewelry and gold strip

Garment Industry Products

  • eyelets and buttons

Public Works Applications

  • signs and signposts

Washers & Fastener Components


Electrical/Electrical Crimping & Terminating


Automotive Component Parts


Marine Products Manufacturing


Gasket & Seal Manufacturing


Originally located in California, the Kenco Press Company was acquired by the Teledyne Corporation in 1967 and moved to its Teledyne Taber facility in North Tonawanda, New York.  In August 1992, Teledyne Taber along with Kenco Press was sold to Kenneth Slawson.  Today, the company is still operated in the North Tonawanda facility as a division of Taber® Industries.

Throughout its history, the Taber name has been associated with Quality and Reliability. Taber Industries operates today with the same principles that Ralph Taber started this company with - meeting customer needs. With over fifty years of successes in our transducer division, we continue to invest in advanced technologies and manufacturing processes. With an in-house machine shop, dedicated design and manufacturing engineers, specialized mechanical and electronic manufacturing assembly departments, along with test facilities, Taber Industries is 100% vertically integrated.

Other Taber Divisions:

In addition to the Kenco Press division, Taber Industries consists of two additional product divisions:

Material Test & Measurement: Taber Industries' Material Test & Measurement Division is a global leader for the design and manufacture of high quality, affordable test instruments. Used to evaluate the physical properties of materials, Taber instruments play a critical role in the way companies test the durability of their products. Best known for our expertise in abrasion and surface wear, Taber also offers solutions to measure resistance to scratch, mar and scuff damage; along with bending resiliency and stiffness.

Taber Transducers: In 1955, Taber's product line was expanded with the acquisition of bonded foil strain gage pressure transducers from Fredric Flader, Inc, a gas turbine engine development company. (Fredric Flader was an aircraft designer and former Chief Engineer of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Airplane Division in Buffalo, NY during WWII.). Taber pressure measurement products are engineered for high reliability environments (space, satellite aerospace, military applications) along with demanding industrial markets (oil and gas, marine). Taber's history of providing high quality instrumentation for critical pressure measurement applications has involved Taber transducers in countless programs involving life support, ground support and flight hardware for space, aviation and military vehicle applications.