It all started in 2010
Nathan had moved to Indiana to follow the love of his life, his now wife. There, he met Andrew, and the pair began working together from time to time, on forging projects. After awhile, Andrew built a 25 ton H-Frame forging press to aid the process of the work coming through his shop. Fast forward several years, and several babies, the now-fathers decided to go to work together, forming Coal Ironworks.
At some point along the way, an idea was sparked to build a c-frame press from the scraps of the old 25 ton H-Frame that Andrew originally built. Pulling rusted I-beam from the local scrapyard, they welded their first frame with a "vintage" stick welder and a lot of ingenuity. Trial and error slowly assembled a functional press that operated on standard household voltage, and the 16 ton was born.
Quadstate 2015 was the year they debuted their creations in front of the blacksmithing community. The response was good, but those with history in the industrial trades had a lot to say about that original design. Taking what they had learned, the two experimented endlessly with different styles of machines until finally they landed upon the single piece frame, and from there the quick-change die system came to be. They continued to refine though, recognizing that through continued innovation and by always talking with their customers about how they used the machines-what could be better - the latest iteration of their forging presses was brought to market.
Nathan and Andrew have no desire to stop there, though! Asking those using the machines for criticism is now habitual, and continues to spark new and exciting versions of the original design. With presses all over the US and Canada, into Guam and Saudi Arabia, Coal Ironworks continues to grow and expand. All the while, the pair are doing what they love: creating high-quality machines for people making high-quality ironwork.