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General Kinematics Celebrates 60 Years of Innovation 

 by General Kinematics,

For Immediate Release

General Kinematics

Marketing Dept.: (815) 444-3521


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: General Kinematics Celebrates 60 Years of Innovation

 This September, General Kinematics honors its 60th anniversary. GK thanks its employees, customers, and community for their continued support! It is the culmination of talent from every GK employee that has led General Kinematics to where it is today.  


Located in Crystal Lake, IL, General Kinematics is led by the founder’s grandson, Tom Musschoot. The in-house manufacturing has grown to a 220,000 square foot modern fabrication facility, utilizing the latest material cutting, forming, and welding technology. GK has also expanded it’s global manufacturing footprint to include outsourced fabrication partners in Canada, China, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Thailand.  


Al Musschoot

Founded in 1960 in a small storefront on Rt. 14 in Barrington, IL, by Albert Musschoot and began with nothing more than a box of letterhead, an electric typewriter, and a grapefruit crate to use as a desk. The demand for GK vibratory equipment grew rapidly, and by 1975, after carefully investigating the possibilities, GK built a fabrication facility in Crystal Lake, Illinois. In 1998, Paul Musschoot took over leadership after the untimely passing of his father, Al. Paul led the company’s growth across multiple new markets and established manufacturing facilities and offices worldwide.  



No OEM of vibratory equipment has consistently produced more innovative ideas and problem-solving application techniques than General Kinematics. For 60 years, General Kinematics has maintained an unwavering reputation for providing design leadership, creative design concepts, and the most rugged and reliable equipment construction. 





About General Kinematics

General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricates innovative vibratory materials handling and processing equipment. Today the company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment, having held more than 200 worldwide patents, and is acknowledged as a major contributor to the technical advancement of vibrating equipment design and application.  General Kinematics serves a worldwide customer base through a network of engineering-oriented independent sales representatives who cover major industrial markets throughout the United States. International markets are serviced from subsidiary operations and through a combination of representatives, licensed manufacturers, and strategic alliances with leading industry-specific organizations in other strategic locations. Today, over 50,000 General Kinematics units have been installed in virtually all of the world’s industrialized countries.  As new process and efficiency challenges emerge, General Kinematics is uniquely qualified to address these needs with advanced technology, innovative engineering, new materials, and manufacturing techniques… all applied to improve customer productivity and profitability while meeting ever more stringent requirements. Today, GK knows no limit in our ability to provide a broad level of engineering support and capacity that other companies cannot offer. We bring a 360-degree view to the whole process picture, often supplying engineering resources our customers do not have or do not wish to fund internally.

General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricate innovative vibratory equipment for the foundry, recycling, mining, and processing industries. Today the company continues as one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment and has evolved into an industry-leading EPC firm. Headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL, General Kinematics has seven global locations providing engineering and support to a world-wide customer base. GK is a third generation, family-owned company and is ISO 9001 certified.