The Story of KSI Swiss

How we began, and where we're going.

KSI Swiss is a world-class manufacturer of Swiss-style CNC automatic lathes. We provide our customers with the highest quality machines and services in the industry, all while remaining cost-effective. Our team of experts are dedicated to providing our clients with trusted advice and support, ensuring that they always get the most out of their investment. With over 30 years of experience, KSI Swiss is your go-to source for precision CNC lathes.

Here's how we got started.

  • January 1, 1989

    Swiss Lathe Users

    We began our journey in the 1990s as people who purchased and operated Swiss CNC Automatic Lathes in Lakeville, MN, and beyond. Back then, there weren't very many options, and they were prohibitively expensive.

  • July 1, 2003

    KMT/Nexturn's First Importer

    In our quest to find better, more affordable options for use in our own shop, we found a small machine tool builder in South Korea and became the first importer of the Nexturn line in the USA. We imported them first for our own use, then continued to sell over 100 Nexturn CNC Swiss machines all across the country.

  • March 1, 2005

    We Decided to Build Our Own

    After the instant success of the Nexturn line—and after hitting some roadblocks of engineering with the build teams—we decided to build our own line of machines in the USA. We wanted to control the engineering and quality of the machines and produce the most feature-packed machines on the market for their price range.

  • October 1, 2005

    The SQC Was Born

  • January 1, 2006

    The first 13

    The first 13 SQC Models were produced in Denver, Colorado, and we quickly realized that the cost to produce these machines in the USA was going to prevent us from hitting our pricing targets.


  • July 1, 2006

    KSI/MMTC Established in South Korea

    In order to increase the quality and decrease the cost of our CNC Automatic Lathes in Lakeville, MN, and beyond, we established MMTC in South Korea, and hired engineers and factory workers to produce SQC #14 and beyond.

  • January 1, 2007

    Opened KSI Advanced Tech Center

    We decided to expand operations from the Denver area to allow for training, distribution, and engineering from our new location in Burnsville, Minnesota.

  • July 1, 2007

    Launched 2nd Gen Machines

    We partnered with HJC (the helmet company) to form HJM, in South Korea and created our next generation of machines.

  • May 1, 2008

    KSI Purchased by the Berkness Family

    The Berkness family decided to purchase KSI from the original family that started the business after working for the business for several years.

  • June 1, 2008

    Began to Import BarLoad

    In our quest to always find the most value for the dollar, we partnered with BarLoad to begin to import their high-quality bar loaders into the USA to continue to provide the best value on the market.

  • October 1, 2009

    KSI Expansion

    KSI moved to a new facility to handle increased sales volume.

  • September 1, 2010

    Launched 3rd Generation Machines

    We were thrilled to combine the best of the SQC series, with new ideas and to launch the SQX and SM Series machines.

  • January 1, 2014

    Launched the TS Series Machines

    KSI Swiss launched a brand new model, with new features, better performance, and a lift-up door. Packed with new Fanuc features.

  • February 1, 2016

    Launched the 4th Gen TCM S Series Machines

    We're always striving to improve performance and value. The TCM S Series is our fastest, most advanced, most feature-filled, and highest-performing machine yet. Be sure to check out the specifications.

  • January 1, 2018

    KSI Continues To Grow

    We continued our journey of expansion through services and increased warehouse space by growing our distribution network in both the US and Canadian markets.

More to Come!

KSI Swiss is a leading manufacturer of CNC Swiss turning machines, and we are committed to continually expanding our capabilities. In the near future, we plan to introduce new features and models that will further improve performance and productivity. We are constantly striving to bring the latest advances in CNC technology to our customers, and we are confident that our new products will live up to your expectations. KSI Swiss is your trusted partner for all your Swiss turning needs, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in the future. Thank you for your continued support.

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