A Storied History of Innovation and Leadership
Columbia Machine is one of the world's leading manufacturers of concrete products equipment, serving customers in over 100 countries. From mixing and batching to automatic cubing and splitting, Columbia builds a complete line of equipment to outfit your entire concrete products plant.
In 1937, an ambitious 23-year-old named Fred Neth, Sr. borrowed $800 to open a small shop, Columbia Forge and Machine Works, on Main Street in Vancouver, Washington. Columbia tackled a variety of jobs at the beginning, including repairing the primitive block machines of the time. While learning the intricacies of the manually operated block machines, Fred decided that Columbia could design and build a better machine.
In 1945, Columbia pioneered and built a hydraulically operated machine that would semi automatically produce two 8x4x12-inch blocks at a time - an industry first. Shortly thereafter, Columbia built the first hydraulic machine to make two standard 8x8x16-inch blocks. Because of the precision and quality of blocks these machines could easily produce, the building public accepted the new Columbia block machines enthusiastically.
Over the next several years, Columbia continued to perfect the block machine. We began engineering and building equipment to handle the upstream aggregates and downstream products. In 1955, we moved to our present location on Grand Boulevard in Vancouver, where we were incorporated as Columbia Machine, Inc. By 1957, we had established a firm position as a leading manufacturer in the USA, and began expanding our market across the globe. Today, Columbia is recognized in over 100 countries on six continents as the leader in quality, innovation, durability and customer service, including North America, Latin America and South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, China, the Pacific Rim and Canada.
Industry-Leading Innovation and Product Versatility
We pioneered the first semi-automatic, hydraulically operated block machine over 50 years ago. Today, we offer the most versatile, innovative concrete products equipment in the industry. From block machines to molds for pavers, retaining walls, automation and software equipment, batching and mixing machines, we have the equipment you need for any concrete solution. No other concrete products equipment can match the versatility and quality of Columbia. We help our customers convert raw materials into profits with industry-leading technology and unmatched durability.
Our experienced global sales and service network, along with our conveniently located parts and training facilities, provide unsurpassed world-class support. Our team of professionals can design a plant to fit your production needs, as well as provide installation support and training for your plant personnel. And, with our after-hours emergency parts and service hotline, we're here to help anytime, day or night.
At Columbia, we're more than a manufacturer, we're your partner. Together, we build single- and multi-family housing, schools, hospitals, industrial buildings, warehouses, retail stores, correctional facilities, roads, airports, ports, walkways, patios, driveways, earth retainers, and a whole lot more. All these projects begin with quality concrete products, and quality concrete products begin with Columbia concrete products machines that can do it all.