A New Beginning
CSS International was founded in October 1945, just one short month after the end of World War II, by three individuals who had worked together at a company supporting the war effort. Feeling the optimism and seeing the opportunity in the post-war economy, Herbert V. Coulston, Fred G. Shutz and Harry F. Speth (whose last name initials combined respectively as C - S - S) purchased a defunct 10,000-square-foot manufacturing business and started a tool and die company focused on producing metal products for a rapidly growing marketplace.
The 50s - Becoming Specialized
The initial 10,000-square-foot facility was located at 325 N. 13th St., a site close to the present Philadelphia Convention Center, but success quickly forced an upsizing move to a 50,000-square-foot facility in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Here, CSS grew into a firm with over 100 employees working to design and fabricate dies and tooling used to produce metal stampings for press equipment.
The 60s - Diversifying and Adapting
During the 1960s, as the tool and die industry started to slow, CSS diversified into the glass industry, developing and manufacturing patented parts and systems to support glass container manufacturers. Our equipment was based on blueprints created by Alphonse Fiori, a pioneer in the industry.
The 80s - Moving Into Packaging
During the late 70s and early 80s, as the glass industry began to move offshore, CSS was forced to reinvent ourselves again. Building on our experience with glass container manufacturing and the conveyor processes used, we decided to shift into precision timing screw design and manufacturing.
Since that time, CSS has become a respected innovator in the packaging industry, expanding out to a complete line of conveyor accessory parts. This expansion caused another move to our current facility, which has allowed us to improve upon the workflow and efficiency of our timing screw operations.
Celebrating 75 Years!
Today, our timing screws, feed systems, change parts, bottom code/inspection diverters, lane combiners/diverters, product orienters, side grip belt units and vacuum reject systems are used by companies around the world to manage and manipulate containers and packages on their conveyor systems.
We're extremely proud to have recently celebrated our 75th year in business. While we have refocused our efforts to adapt and survive an ever-changing business climate, CSS has remained a private corporation dedicated to improving our products (securing several patents along the way), and developing innovative solutions that deliver value to our customers. We are always pushing the technical capabilities of our conveyor accessories in a constant effort to lead our industry to new and exciting possibilities.
This is why we believe CSS stands for Consistently Superior Service.
Meet the Management Team
Our current management team includes:
H. Vance Coulston
Vance Coulston, second generation owner and president, assumed control of the company from his father, who was active in the operation of the company until a week before his passing. Vance holds a mechanical engineering degree from Lehigh University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Eugene F Fijalkowski
Gene Fijalkowski, dedicated, long-time employee and vice president of operations, graduated from Penn State with a degree in machine design and started as an apprentice tool and die maker back in the late 60s. He quickly took over the glass container initiative and has worked his way to the top of the organization.
Steve joined CSS in 2015 bringing 26+ years of International experience in the Packaging Industry. His background encompasses machine shop and assembly, equipment design and installation, line evaluation, field service and troubleshooting.
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