Our History

A Family Business

Made in the USA
Proudly made in the USA

The Lyons Tool and Die Company, specializing in the design and manufacture of custom progressive dies, was established in 1951 by William L. Lyons, Jr. Starting with just 5 employees in an office on Pratt Street in Meriden, Connecticut (where his wife, Evelyn, could sometimes be found taking a break from her accounting duties to run one of the first lathes), Lyons put our crafting expertise to work for such clients as Royal Typewriter, North & Judd, Connecticut Telephone and Electric and American Hardware.

Multiple Expansions

Bolstered by the relentless efforts of Lyons and his crew, along with our reputation for extremely intricate tooling and innovation, we expanded our customer base throughout Connecticut, and in 1957 moved to a larger office on Gypsy Lane in Meriden.

In 1969, William L. Lyons III came into the picture. Armed with a degree in economics from the Colgate University and a strong business sense, the younger Lyons implemented changes that in 1980 resulted in another relocation—to a larger facility on Research Parkway in Meriden. By this time, the business had evolved into a full-service tool and die shop that also specialized in precision metal stampings.

The Modern Era

In keeping with family tradition, 1992 brought the third generation of Lyons to the helm of the transitioning company. William L. Lyons IV (Bill) brought an extensive mechanical background and the ability to see beyond the company’s current capabilities.

After spending a short time on the shop floor and gaining a thorough understanding of the company’s capabilities, Bill decided to bring his experience on the road. With sales increasing and geographic boundaries behind us, we moved into our current location in November of 2001.

Lyons Today

Our core competencies are focused on metals manufacturing and engineering. Driven by the country’s best employees, advanced quality systems and state of the art equipment, Lyons can compete with the best of the best.

Call us today for any metal stampings, CNC machining, rapid prototyping or assembly needs.