1933 - George T. Carr founded Lebanon Machine Shop in Lebanon, Missouri. Several years later as World War II approached, Lebanon Machine Shop closed due to a scarcity of materials. Mr. Carr then moved to Detroit, Michigan where he formed a tool and die design company, Detroit Tool Engineering.
1943 - Using Detroit Tool Engineering’s war material priority to source raw material, Mr. Carr moved the company to Lebanon, Missouri in 1943, where he merged it with Lebanon Machine Shop to form Detroit Tool & Engineering. Detroit Tool & Engineering developed into a leading contract designer and manufacturer of high quality special machines, automated assembly systems, tooling and ﬁxtures.
1979 - The business continued to prosper through the years, and by 1979, Detroit Tool & Engineering occupied a 100,000 square foot facility. By 1983, Detroit Tool & Engineering sat on 18 acres of land and occupied over 150,000 square feet of engineering and manufacturing space.
1992 - The 1990s brought about signiﬁcant changes in Detroit Tool & Engineering. DTE became part of DT Industries when DTI was formed by the Harbor Group in 1992 through a series of acquisitions that began with the initial purchase of the Detroit Tool Group and Peer Division of Teledyne, Inc.
1992 - Detroit Tool & Engineering prospered through the DTI ownership with record breaking revenues and a facility which totaled over 200,000 square feet.
2004 - DT Industries sold Detroit Tool & Engineering, along with other divisions to Assembly & Test Worldwide. DTE continued business with its automation systems and tool & die systems but also added the Bodine chassis products to its portfolio through the ATW ownership.
2016 - DTE was acquired by industry leading executive Jim Sheldon. Sheldon is no stranger to DTE or the industry. He served as President of DTE from 1998 to 2004, supporting the most prosperous years in DTE history. His passion and advocacy for the industry, the employees, and the community inspired Jim to return to DTE and Lebanon.
The Future - "The future of DT Engineering will be defined by its continued conviction as a privately held, made in the USA company, to bring concepts to life with a similar approach and ingenuity to that of George T. Carr." -Jim Sheldon
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” - Leonardo Da Vinci