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About the Poling Group

In 1978 David Poling Sr., founder and CEO of the Poling Group, started his first engineering company, Akron Special Machinery. With determination and innovation, Poling continually guided his small but dedicated company toward the goal of becoming a world class supplier of equipment for the tire industry. Throughout the years of manufacturing products for the tire testing and rubber industries, Mr. Poling had acquired several companies that complemented his overall goal of producing quality products at a competitive price. So in 2003 after the acquisition of his latest company, Firwood Manufacturing, he decided to unify the companies under an AKA brand: the Poling Group.

The first company acquired by Mr. Poling was Measurement Systems, Inc. (MSI) in 1983. MSI teamed up with Akron Special Machinery (ASM) to provide MSI Tire Uniformity Machine controllers for a large Armstrong Tire Contract. Though new MSI controllers haven’t been produced in over 10 years, there are still many running in tire factories today.

David Poling with David Poling, Jr.Also in 1983, Mr. Poling acquired Akron Steel Fabricators (ASF) to focus on mill room equipment, such as calendering, batch offs, and pressure vessels, which expanded the equipment and services offered to his customers while lowering production costs. ASF continues to be a global leader in mill room equipment, recently introducing updated models in cold slab stock cutting solutions, and is still one of the few ASME Certified pressure vessels suppliers.

In 2000, Hasbach and Commercial Timesharing, Inc. (CTI) joined forces with ASM to produce the first high-speed uniformity testing machine capable of testing tires in excess of 160 miles per hour, leading to an acquisition of both Hasbach and CTI within the next year. Hasbach broadened the ASM tire testing product line with laboratory testing machines measuring endurance, durability, rolling resistance, force & moment, and more, while CTI contributed state-of-the-art control systems, data acquisition / analytics, factory management software, and material handling expertise.

In 2001 the new group of companies collaborated to produce and install the X100, the first tire uniformity machine to make use of newly developed X-frame technology. This groundbreaking design distributes the forces on the machine evenly throughout its frame to maintain more accurate, and therefore faster, testing results. The Poling Group has since expanded the X Series to include TUO machines in a variety of tire size ranges and with customizable testing capabilities, all taking advantage of the X-frame technology.

Firwood Manufacturing became Mr. Poling’s sixth acquisition in 2003, and satisfied that his group of companies contributed to nearly all phases of tire manufacturing and testing, Mr. Poling’s new umbrella of companies, the Poling Group, positioned itself as a leader of quality, technology and innovation within the field of tire testing.

Continued Focus

The Poling Group has built a reputation as a leader in the tire industry. We supply equipment from the mill room to final finish areas including, data acquisition and analytics, rubber processing equipment, and factory floor information systems, showcasing the Poling Group’s determination in development and use of superior technology to help its customers increase machine throughput and optimize product quality.