Galaxie founder John Cauffiel’s roots in the steel business extend back three generations to his great grandfather James Cauffiel who established one of the first tube mills in the United States with American Steel Tube in Ohio.
In forming Galaxie, John was able to combine his family’s steel business DNA with his passion for history and distant cultures. "I get more out of a business trip to another country than I would if I were a tourist," he says. "And to be successful as an international businessman you have to have local credibility. To take a machine from one continent to another is no easy task."
John’s practical background, which began as a young teenager building slitting lines with his father Lowell, was augmented by a degree in mechanical engineering and marketing from the University of Toledo. He credits Galaxie’s success to his decision to focus the company’s resources on ferrous and non ferrous coil processing equipment and tube and fabricating machinery. This specialization guarantees clients receive unequaled expertise when they seek to tap the volatile used machinery market.
As John puts it, "A customer going into this market alone is like trying to fish part time in unknown waters. With Galaxie you’re in the company of full time fishermen."