Celebrating 85 Years of Excellence as a premier, worldwide supplier of specialty tools and equipment for the outside plant marketplace.
Decades of proven durability.
Our value will be there, long after the sale.
Founded by engineer George M. Pfundt in 1936, GMP started George M. Pfundt operations in a downtown Philadelphia building as a specialty machine shop doing work for the local Bell Telephone company and for the electric utility company. GMP expanded to a production shop after landing a contract with Western Electric Company and, subsequently, forming a close relationship with Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., which enabled it to manufacture prototypes of products for experimental use within the Bell System.
Having outgrown the original factory building, the company built a 100,000 square foot plant in Trevose, PA (a Philadelphia suburb) and moved there in 1957. Today GMP is recognized as a premier worldwide supplier of specialty tools and equipment for the outside plant marketplace. The company’s products are known for their robust design and durability to withstand many years of frequent use.
Looking Back on 85 Years – A Historical Perspective
GMP started operations in Philadelphia as a specialty machine shop serving the local Bell Telephone company and the area’s electric utility company. GMP expanded to a production shop manufacturing experimental prototypes after forming close relationships with the Western Electric Company and Bell Telephone Laboratories.
In 1949, GMP and Bell Telephone Laboratories joined forces to pioneer the first modern automatic lashing machine, the Model B Lasher, establishing the telephone industry’s standard in lashing technology. Cable lashing machines sometimes called “lashers” or “spinners”, are designed to wind stainless steel wire around telephone, power, and multi-media cable, thereby securing or “lashing” the cable to the supporting messenger strand between poles. Since its introduction, the company has produced over 45,000 lashing machines, some manufactured in the 1950s are still on the job today.
GMP continues to make investments in new product R&D, state-of-the-art manufacturing, quality assurance, distribution and inventory-control techniques, and physical plant, in order to maintain its manufacturing leadership position and its continuing ability to anticipate and meet the changing needs of work crews in the field who rely on the ruggedness, dependability, practicality, and safety of GMP equipment. As our quality policy statement affirms: “GMP supplies defect-free products and services, on time, which meet its customers’ expectations.”