Acme Brass Custom Plating has its roots in the Black Forest of Germany. August Hummel learned his craft there as a brass finisher and machinist in the early 20th century. After immigrating to Kansas City, Missouri in 1901, he honed his skills at a local brass foundry and manufacturing business. In 1914, he opened the Acme Brass & Machine Works. Truly a family business, Acme Brass was operated over the years by no less than 4 generations of the Hummel family. Sadly, the year 2001 saw the close of Acme Brass & Machine Works and the sale of the building on 17th Street.
In 2006, an opportunity presented itself in the Kansas City market. With a decline of high quality metal finishing shops, and a rise in demand, Jim Hummel and Steve Gaunt, (grandson and great-grandson of August Hummel), created a new venture to serve the needs of quality minded people. On December 22, 2006 Acme Brass Custom Plating, Inc. was formed. The new company is a blend of old world tradition and modern technology that can provide you with numerous metal finishing solutions, whatever your application. In addition, Acme Brass acquired Able Machine Works, a business formed in 1947 by Karl Hummel and Roger Renault. Acme Brass Custom Plating and Able Machine Works are both located in the Able Machine building at 1315 Tracy Avenue, Kansas City, MO.