Mahr Federal Celebrates Mahr’s 150th Anniversary


Mahr Federal employees took time out from their busy schedules to celebrate as their parent company Mahr celebrates its 150th birthday. Founded by Carl Mahr as a small family concern in Esslingen, Germany, on the Neckar River in 1861, the Mahr Group has grown to be a global leader in precision metrology. Celebrations at the Mahr Federal headquarters facility in Providence, RI, included a visit from Mahr Group CEO, Stephan Gais. “The industrialization of the 19th century saw a rapid growth in both industrial productivity and the need for precision measurement in machining operations,” says Tony Picone, president of Mahr Federal. “That need for quality is even more important today all across industry, not only in terms of precision gages and metrology systems, but also in terms of the know-how and applications expertise needed to apply them properly.”

Mahr maintains four production facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic, the United States, and China, as well as a vast network of representatives and service centers throughout the world. The company also supports a number of calibration laboratories like the Precision Measurement Center in Providence, Rhode Island, which handles Mahr Federal’s own calibration work and also offers commercial inspection and recalibration services for dimensional standards—including gage blocks, master rings, discs, plugs and balls, cylindrical form and precision reference specimens, and surface roughness standards—as well as for a wide range of gages.

“Quality assurance is playing an ever greater role in the world of production,” Picone says. “The more important repeatable precision becomes, the greater the importance of metrology to the final result. Our business is to ensure that those results are accurate. That should easily keep us busy for another 150 years.” Mahr Federal’s calibration laboratories are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 NVLAP Lab Code 200605-0. For more information visit [].