Spotlight On: Bowe Machine Company

Business name: Bowe Machine Company

Address: 2527 State St., Bettendorf

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday


Business description: Founded in 1956 by the late William J. Bowe, Bowe Machine Company started as a one-man, one-room job and contract machine shop. The family-owned business continues to expand and excel in all types of C.N.C. and manual machining with one of the largest mills in the Midwest and the largest Blanchard grinders in eastern Iowa.

Bowe Machine has been manufacturing shear blades for the demolition and scrap metal recycling industries for over 55 years, marketed under the product name, BOWE KNIVES, since 1986. Bowe manufactures and rebuilds complete shredder rotor assemblies for the auto/scrap metal recycling industry, sold exclusively through WENDT Corporation. Bowe also manufactures Waste to Energy Rotors for the municipal waste industry.

Bowe has a large facility in downtown Bettendorf and an extensive range of large capacity equipment. Specializing in Blanchard grinding, large turning and large milling, Bowe has the expertise to satisfy nearly any machining requirement. The company also provides repair machining and welding for the foundry, quarry, agricultural, fabricating and press shop industries, among others. Its Quad Cities location allows Bowe to work closely with other suppliers to provide its customers the finished product.

Industry: Manufacturing

Core products or services: Machining, engineering and welding

Year founded: 1956

What problems do you help customers solve? Improved quality, pricing and delivery

Anything unique about your business? Third generation veteran-owned family business