KINEFAC

Title

KINEFAC

Contributor

LESLIE GREIS

Description

Interview with Leslie Greis:
In 1989, the Louvre, a treasured asset of France and the largest museum in the world, completed construction of a large glass pyramid in its central court to serve as a new main entrance for visitors. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, the Louvre Pyramid is supported by a series of metal rods and joints which serve as a frame for hundreds of triangular and rhombus-shaped glass segments. Kinefac Corporation, a Worcester advanced manufacturing firm and world leader in metal forming technology, played an integral role in creating the frame to support the glass pyramid. Howard A. Greis, founder of Kinefac, helped design the rod and joint system and Kinefac machines rolled the rods used in the support structure.
The Louvre Pyramid has become Pei’s most famous structure. In 1995, at a Harvard Commencement where Pei received an honorary degree, he was reminded of the role Kinefac had in making the support rods for the Louvre Pyramid. He burst into a smile, energetically thrust a thumbs-up in the air and proclaimed, “yes, and it was American technology!”. Well, actually, it was Worcester technology!

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Reference

KINEFAC

Cite As

“KINEFAC,” Worcester in 50, accessed November 17, 2018, http://worcesterin50.com/items/show/44.

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