History

Over 100 Years of Excellence in Machine Building
A TRADITION OF

Excellence

At the forefront of machine design and fabrication since 1912

AKS Cutting Systems manufactures CNC cutting machines including plasma, oxy-fuel and waterjet systems for the sheet metal, and plate metal and fabricating industries. The company has a strong reputation for durability, accuracy and reliability with thousands of installations worldwide.

AKS partners with many high-quality machinery sales dealers and has an extensive service and support network.

Our headquarters and manufacturing facility is located next to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

A TRADITION OF

Innovation

In the early 1900s Lion’s Tool and Die was founded. Lion’s made a name for itself as a high quality custom machine shop serving the Cleveland area. For over 50 years Mr. Lion owned and operated the company with his family’s support. The company maintained a tradition of engineering excellence with an engineering staff to rival the size of their sales staff, a tradition that continues today.

A TRADITION OF

Quality

Stanley Midnight, father-in-law to Dale Phillip, purchased Lion’s Tool and Die in the late 1960’s to manufacture small thread gauges and precision tools. With a limited staff and a couple high quality machines, they manufactured the finest thread gauges in America.

A TRADITION OF

Details

From our custom machinery days we have always believed that, as Dale Phillip says, ‘the devil is in the details’. From designing to building, our attention to detail has kept AKS Cutting Systems around for years. And continues to keep us on the cutting edge today.

A TRADITION OF

Growth

In 1995 Dale moved us to our current location, across the street from Cleveland International Airport. It was a big change moving from our humble beginnings on Tillman Ave to our modern 55,000 square foot facility. We have been growing ever since.

A TRADITION OF

Family

Four generations of Phillip’s have passed through the doors as employees of AKS Cutting Systems. The third and next to lead is the first pair of brothers, Kent and Greg Phillip. Family values have provided a long term vision for AKS Cutting Systems. We believe in staying the course and being in it for the long run.

A TRADITION OF

Passion

Over the last 100 years we have designed hundreds of machines and have found our passion and pride in our current line of plasma and waterjet cutting systems. Built with the same values in mind as always we have developed a system that you too can pass down from generation to generation. Paired with a partner who is just as focused as you are in maintaining a healthy and prosperous relationship.