History of Whip City Tool & Die Corp.

Updated Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 16:17 EST


Whip City Tool & Die Corporation worked with Torin® Manufacturing in developing a new style fourslide machine, now known, as the Vertislide.





Whip City Tool & Die Corporation was started in 1957, by Henry Maciorowski, Luther "Red" Fisher and Bernard "Bernie" Jemilo in a small job shop in Westfield, Massachusetts (the Whip City).

Nicknamed the "Whip City", because it led the nation in horse and buggy whip manufacturing in the early 19th century. To this day whips and horse tackle are still made in Westfield.

  • Reviewing new building plans



In 1960, the trio built a new 10,400 sq. ft. building and Whip City Tool & Die Corporation moved to Southwick, Massachusetts.

Whip City Tool & Die Corp. is located in the "Southwick Jog". The town of Southwick, MA is known for its jog because part of its area dips into Connecticut resulting in an uneven line on the map between both states.

  • Breaking ground in Southwick, MA



Whip City Tool & Tool Corporation established a reputation for building Class "A" Tooling for their customers to assure long tool life.

• Long & Short Production Runs
• In-House Tooling Department
• In-House Design Department

Henry Maciorowski, Red Fisher & Bernie Jemilo


Whip City Tool & Die Corporation was soon working with Torin® Manufacturing developing a new style fourslide machine, now known, as the Vertislide. This machine is a vertical fourslide, which has the capability to form, weld and transfer parts for secondary forming operations.

Traveling as far as Peking, China, Mexico, London and throughout the United States with their Tooling and Vertislide Training.

Whip City Tool & Die Corporation became well known throughout the United States for its ability to design, build and set up tools for these vertical fourslide machines.

  • Torin® V-82 Verti-Slide


In 1984, Whip City Tool & Die Corporation was sold to three long-time employees, Raymond Salois, William Agan, and Jack Morpeth.

Whip City Tool & Die Corporation continued to support vocational education of future tradesmen through the Co-Op Apprenticeship Program with the Westfield Technical Academy.

45% of the staff at Whip City Tool & Die Corporation are trade school graduates.

Raymond Salois


Whip City Tool & Die Corporation continued to grow and several additions followed.

• New Garage and Storage - 2000

• New Tooling & Design Department -2000/2001

• New Shipping & Receiving Department - 2004

• New Warehouse - 2010

Whip City Tool & Die Corporation now occupies a 17,500 square foot building with a 2,400 square foot warehouse.

•Tooling Department Addition 2000/2001

In January 2012, two long-time employees, Brian Iserman and Nathan Kane purchased Whip City Tool & Die Corporation from Raymond Salois.

Whip City Tool & Die Corporation will continue the same traditions of quality parts, high level of service and support you have come to expect from us.

Today, Whip City Tool & Die Corporation continues to excel in designing and building tooling for Fourslide, Multislide & Vertislide machines and cost effective metal stampings.