Who We Are

About Machine Tool Research Inc.

Machine Tool Research, Inc. (MTR) is a premier builder and rebuilder of large machine tools. As the OEM for Farrel, Betts and Sellers machine tools, MTR’s industry leading standards translate across many makes, models and types of machine tools.

MTR was founded in 1982 after the historic Farrel Corporation closed their doors. MTR was created by former Farrel Corporation employees who wanted to continue to support US industry by working on large machine tools. MTR obtained the rights to the Farrel, Betts and Sellers lines of machine tools shortly after opening. The former Farrel facility, in Rochester, NY, is MTR’s current home. MTR is now an employee owned company, allowing our customer’s to benefit from the employee owner’s drive and commitment to succeed.

Work & Family Balance

Hard Work






Knowledge & Leadership

Our Capabilities

New Machine Builds

Machine Rebuilds & Retrofits

Services & Machine Alignments



Our Core Values

Work & Family Balance

Machine Tool Research (MTR) understands and values a healthy work-family balance. As an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company, we all share the responsibility of ensuring we keep this balance. MTR expects hard work and some time away from family as our work includes field service time, but we understand the importance of family time. If an employee owner has a healthy home-life, they are more likely to have a healthy work-life.

Hard Work

The saying goes, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.” MTR ensures that all hard work is rewarded. With hard work comes pride in the work completed; some of the hardest things in life are the most rewarding.


MTR has a reputation of dedication to customers’ needs while providing expert machine tool knowledge. MTR puts the customer first and stands by the work completed no matter what the circumstance. We want our customers to remember our relentless customer response and pride in our work.


MTR understands that quality is not an act, it is a habit. On a daily basis MTR employee owners take quality seriously by ensuring that everything is examined with a fine-tooth comb. From the initial estimate to delivery of the final product, you can rely on MTR to deliver the highest-quality services.


At MTR, our success is a result of what we do daily. We fully understand that if every day we meet our goals and accomplish them successfully, we are creating accountable individuals within the workplace. By holding each other accountable, we foster an environment of success.


The art of communication is the language of leadership. MTR communicates with our customers and employees the same way, ensuring everyone has a clear understanding of what is expected from the beginning of a project to its end.


Here at MTR, we preach that “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that no one has to watch over your work.” As employee owners we all have a common goal: always do your best and never cut corners for the sake of just completing a project. We want our products and services to withstand the test of time, as our customers’ satisfaction is most beneficial to our future.

Knowledge & Leadership

MTR employee owners lead by example. We understand each project is unique and comes with its own challenges. We employ very knowledgeable, self-driven individuals in every department, and with that develops leadership. MTR uses that leadership to continually educate the employees, while keeping the niche trade secrets at the core of the business.

Our History

The Consolidated Machine Tool Corp was formed in 1922 by a group of bankers and industrialists

Consolidated Machine Tool Corp was comprised of the following companies, ultimately all manufacturing and production was moved to Rochester in 1927:

  • Bridgeford Lathe Company: Rochester, New York
  • Betts Machine Works: Wilmington, Delaware
  • Newton Machine Tool Works: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Hilles & Jones Works: Wilmington, Delaware
  • Ingle Machine Works: Rochester, New York
  • Modern Tool Works: Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Colburn Machine Tool Works: Franklin, Pennsylvania

The Consolidated Machine Tool Corp purchased the Sellers Machine Tool Co. of Philadelphia, PA in 1947.

The Farrel Birmingham Co. purchased the Consolidated Machine Tool Corp in 1951.

The Farrel Birmingham Co. changed its name to The Farrel Corporation in 1963.

The Farrel Co. was bought by United Shoe Machinery Co. in 1969.
The Farrel Co. merged with Emhart in 1976 – began dissolving machine tool product lines.
Layoffs at the Farrel Co. began in 1982.
MTR was formed in 1982 by a group of 5 individuals with a passion for the machine tool industry. The decision to begin servicing Farrel machines was due to the layoff notice they had received from the Farrel Company.
MTR partnered with Ravensburg (Gmbh) in 1990.
MTR purchased 100,000 sq/ft more building space as Ravensburg filed for bankruptcy in 1997.
MTR became an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) in April of 2018

Who We Serve

At Machine Tool Research, we proudly serve countless industries, including:

Government – DOD

Steel Mills

Power Generation



General Manufacturing

Oil & Gas

Meet the team at MTR ready to serve you!


Machine Tool Research, Inc.
405 Blossom Road
Rochester, NY 14610

Contact Us

Phone: 585-288-0320
Fax: (585) 482-9078

Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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