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Sue Nordman Named as One of 40 Women in Manufacturing to Follow in 2023

Updated: Sep 16

Contact: Ben Nordman, Marketing and Communications Manager,

Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc. President Sue Nordman has been named by Source Day as one of the 40 Women in Manufacturing to Follow in 2023, with the full list being revealed this week.

Sue Nordman, President of Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc.
Sue Nordman, President of Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc.

Nordman, who moved into the role of President in 2018, has led Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc. in the acquisition of two major additions to the Obsidian product lines in her tenure in the top position in the company.

In 2018, she acquired the Arter precision grinding machines brand, a surface small surface grinder brand that has over 100 years of manufacturing excellence.

Following up that purchase, Nordman led the company in another addition, purchasing the assets of Stieg Grinding Corporation, a surface grinding company that was a central hub for surface grinding needs in the Rockford, IL area for nearly 60 years. Obsidian continues that service with some of the largest capacity grinding capabilities in the area.

Today, Obsidian is one of the foremost providers for magnetic workholding and controllers in the USA with the Magna-Lock USA brand, has a multi-national presence with the MagnaLift & Power-Grip lift magnet brands, and has rediscovered over 200 Arter surface grinders with the Arter Recovery Project while reviving the brand. In addition to the four brands, Obsidian provides the same surface grinding service to the Rockford, IL area that Stieg perfected for over 50 years prior.

Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc. is a Rockford, Ill. manufacturing company and is the OEM for Magna-Lock USA workholding, MagnaLift & Power-Grip lift magnets, and Arter Precision Grinding Machines as well providing surface grinding services. They are located at 5015 28th Ave. in Rockford, Ill. with a phone number of 815-962-8700. Check out more at

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