Company history

Hypertherm's commitment to engineering and building the best industrial cutting solutions on the market dates back 50 years. From humble beginnings in a two-car garage to becoming a world-class manufacturer of advanced cutting solutions, our story has been one of innovation, hard work, and customer focus.


Dick Couch and Bob Dean invent water-injection plasma-arc cutting in a two-car garage in Hanover and Hypertherm is born.

Dick Couch, Bob Dean


First product sale: two PAC-400s are installed at the Mixing Equipment Company in Rochester, NY.


The company's flagship corporate and manufacturing facility opens at 21 Great Hollow Road.

Hypertherm Great Hollow Road
Hypertherm sells 1000th system


1000th system sold; company enters the air-plasma market.


Global reach expands with the first subsidiary, Hypertherm Plasmatechnik GmbH in Maintal, Germany.

Hypertherm Germany
Hypertherm Singapore Associates


First Asian subsidiary opens in Singapore.


Hypertherm's commitment to world-class quality systems is recognized by the coveted ISO 9001 certification.

Hypertherm ISO 9001 certification
Centricut consumables


Acquisition of Centricut® consumables and controllers; Hypertherm Automation business team formed. Office opens in Roosendaal, Netherlands.


“Our company is our people; our people are our company.” Hypertherm becomes Associate-owned with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan; First South American office opens in Brazil.

Hypertherm global reach


Ranks #12 in Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For".


Office opens in Shanghai, China.

Hypertherm Singapore Associates


The company initiates a Global Stock Value Plan to extend stock to non-U.S. based Associates.


As part of our commitment to local manufacturing, the Hypertherm Technical Training Institute is launched as a public-private partnership for training skilled machine operators.

Hypertherm HTTI
MTC Software


Product portfolio growth continues through the acquisition of ESSE A., an Italian manufacturer of laser cutting consumables, and MTC Software nesting software.


Entry into fiber laser market with the HyIntensity line of products - the industry's first integrated fiber laser systems specifically optimized for cutting applications. The Hypertherm Owners’ Philanthropic Endeavors (HOPE) Foundation was founded as a public grant-making non-profit 501(c) 3 foundation.

HOPE logo



Multi-technology expansion continues with acquisition of AccuStream®, a Minnesota manufacturer of waterjet cutting products. Expands the Employee Stock Ownership Plan to become a 100% Associate-owned company.


Expands robotic capabilities with purchase of Jabez Technologies, creators of Robotmaster® software.

Robotmaster logo


Named a "Most Ethical" company by Ethisphere Institute.


Hypertherm celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Hypertherm 50th logo
Forbes 2018 - Hypertherm

Forbes Magazine names Hypertherm one of America's Best Employers.