is redefined by the past.
A great company begins with a simple vision.
In 1924, Ben Dathe immigrated to the United States
from Dresden, Germany in order to pursue his dream
of owning his own tool and die company. He had started
his tool and die apprenticeship in the old country
at the age of 14.
Twenty-one years later, Ben proudly opened the doors
of Benda Tool in Berkeley, California. The company
name was taken from the first five letters of his
own name. From the outset, Benda Tool established
a reputation for personal service and high quality
Early on, Ben recognized the potential of die casting.
Encouraged by his best customer, Ben created a new
company called A&B Die Casting. When Ben's son,
Bob, joined the business sporting a degree in mechanical
engineering, Benda Tool and A&B Die Casting, were
united in a new 5000 sq. ft. plant.
That simple move ignited the company's
In 1999 after 40 years in Berkley, the company moved
into a brand new state-of-the-art facility in Hercules,
California. Now, under one roof A&B could provide
the full and complete line of services. Since the
move A&B Die Casting grew 10-fold by making advanced
die casting aluminum components for scientific instruments,
medical hardware, architectural lighting, microwave
technologies, telecommunications, computers and more.
Today A&B Die Casting offers its customer a diverse
range of services including engineering, design, custom
die casting, machining, finishing, and assembly -
in short, a complete range of precision die casting
services for Dock to Stock and Just in Time service.
As a boy, Ben Dathe was always curious, searching
for ways to refine his vision and bring innovation
to need. He instilled in his company the desire to
optimize whatever process was necessary to get the
job done. Optimize service. Optimize value.
His driving passion for excellence coupled with
his family's rich tradition and deep appreciation
for engineering, design, and modern technology have
allowed the business to redefine itself in new technologies,
but always forged in the founding traditions of the
company. This approach - has earned A&B the respect
and confidence of many customers over the past 60
The future of the company now rests on the shoulders
of Ben's Grandson, Steve Dathe. With a degree in manufacturing
engineering and a passion for technology, Steve is
committed to employing state-of- the-art equipment
and information integration systems that ensure part
consistency, quality, precision and timely delivery,
echoing a great family tradition for excellence.