In 1924, some of the citizens of Philipsburg invested capital for the organization of a new company, which they called Nickel Fabricating Company. This was done in an effort to replace the rapidly dwindling coal business, which had provided the majority of employment in the area. They purchased a building, that had formerly housed a skating rink, where they began to manufacture tinned milk cans and heavy duty cooking utensils from pure nickel and nickel alloys.
Today, the Montler family continues to operate Lee Industries with Process Systems & Equipment and Fluid Transfer as divisions. Quality craftsmanship and attention to the customers’ needs continue to dominate the company philosophy, just as they did in the early days. With equipment in service throughout the world, Lee Industries remains a leader in the design and manufacturing of stainless steel and alloy process equipment for the food & beverage, pharmaceutical & biotech, personal care, cosmetic and cosmeceutical, animal food and health, and the industrial and chemical industries.