In 1950, Edwin (Ted) S. Drowne Jr., a graduate of Wentworth Institute, founded Drowne Machinery Associates. The firm was created to represent machine tool builders Wade Lathe Co. and the Arter Grinder Co. Both of these organizations had a need to match their quality products with reliable customer service. Through his knowledge and understanding of the industry, Ted was able to offer clients exceptional support. Drowne Machinery Associates thrived for many years working out of offices in Weston, MA and Tuftonboro, NH.
In 1953, Ted met Mr. Steffen, Founder of Northfield Precision Instrument Co., Island Park, NY. They met by chance in the lobby of Heald Grinding Machine Co., Worcester, MA. Mr. Steffen was promoting his new Precision Air Chuck, and Ted was impressed with the product. Ted formed a partnership with Northfield that very day, and Drowne Machinery Associates has been representing the Northfield products for nearly 60 years.
In 1985, Ted’s son Steve joined the company. After graduating from Northeastern University, Steve worked for GE and then started his own company which brought several years of specialty sales experience to Drowne Machinery Associates. Together, they created a strong customer oriented company.
In 2011, Steve’s son, Andrew, a graduate of University of Vermont, joined the family-run business. The father and son team enjoy delivering quality products to their customers, and have continued to practice the values that were most important to Ted.
Drowne Machinery Associates is proud to be representing quality manufacturers in the New England territory for over 3 generations with honesty and respect.
The Drowne Machinery Team
Edwin S. Drowne Jr.
Stephen H. Drowne
Andrew D. Drowne
A History of Quality and Craftsmanship
Drowne Family Weathervane atop Faneuil Hall
The Grasshopper Weathervane atop Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA was created in 1742 by Deacon Shem Drowne, a coppersmith.
It was commissioned by Peter Faneuil and still stands today
as a testament to quality and craftsmanship.
Drowne Machinery Associates
PO Box 812011, Wellesley, MA 02482
Telephone: 781-237-0420 | Fax: 508-694-6034