About Us

Founded in 1948 by George Gundersdorf and Richard Upson in Springfield, MA, Pioneer Tool is a distributor of metal-cutting tools to New England-based manufacturers.  In addition to providing customers with new tools, Pioneer Tool has an on-site regrind facility that also has special tooling capabilities.  In 1969, the Company moved to W. Springfield, MA, and expanded the building to 8,000sq.ft. comprised of the office, the warehouse, and the regrind facility.  In 2012, Pioneer Tool relocated its corporate headquarters and regrind facility to a new, approximately 16,000sq.ft. building located in Agawam, MA.


In 1986, James & Gilbert Upson, the sons of Richard Upson, acquired the business and were actively involved in the strategic direction of the Company for more than 20 years.


In 2007, Derek Upson, grandson of Richard, and Chris Bignell, son-in-law of Gilbert, acquired the company.


Pioneer Tool represents many of the world’s leading cutting tool manufacturers, maintains high stock levels, offers fair prices, and solves our customers’ most difficult problems.  Pioneer Tool has always strongly believed in providing superior customer service and technical support at the spindle.  Pioneer Tool is very aggressive in evaluating the latest technologies not only to improve a customer’s ability to manufacture parts more efficiently, but to improve a customer’s operations.


Pioneer Tool differentiates itself from other distributors by offering i) superior customer service; ii) excellent technical applications knowledge; iii) an extensive list of vendors; iv) a strong focus on special tooling; v) remote vendor-managed inventory systems; and vi) an on-site regrind facility. 


Pioneer Tool has been a dedicated and successful supplier of cutting tools to the Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Medical, Firearms, Communications, and Woodworking industries for almost 65 years.  Combining our onsite manufacturing capabilities with our worldwide network of vendors, Pioneer Tool can provide you with all of your cutting tool needs. 

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