About Us

Multi-Automatic Tool & Supply Co. is a wholesale distributor and dealer of machine replacement parts, functional attachments, work holding products and cutting tools for the multi-spindle machining industry.

Who We Serve

We serve a variety of component manufacturers in the automotive, hydraulic, heavy equipment, marine, industrial, recreation, oil/gas, and medical industries.  Our product lines cater primarily to companies that manufacture high volume, round metal precision parts, and utilize screw machines, lathes, rotary dial machines, centerless grinders, and automated assembly and test equipment.

What’s unique about us? We connect with our customers by listening to their needs and providing products and service recommendations that result in savings, improvements, and better efficiencies. Our products and services are often customized in order to address specific issues that arise in high volume manufacturing environments.

It’s important to us that we ship the right part, and ship it on time so that our customers can keep their machines running. To do this, we maintain inventory at our Grand Rapids facility as well as drop ship various products direct to the end user. While most of our customers are US based, we offer products to the global market and regularly ship products to other countries such as China, France, Mexico, and Canada.


Multi-Automatic was first established as Priority Supply, Inc. in 1996. At that time we were a distributor of cutting tools and abrasives and serviced the west Michigan area. With the acquisition of L.V. Cole & Associates and Multi-Automatic Equipment and Service Co. (Inkster, MI), Priority Supply became a one-stop-shop for manufacturers who produce large volumes of round precision metal parts. Now doing business as Multi-Automatic Tool & Supply Company, we evolved into a national distributor and dealer that is proficient in supplying tooling and spare parts for screw machines, thread rolling, grinding, and custom-made metal parts.  Our company history is as follows:

Established and incorporated Priority Supply, Inc.


Began new lease of a 4,000 square foot office and warehouse space in Grand Rapids


Obtained two major customers and increased our staff to three employees


Began an inventory consignment program with one of our major customers for fixture detail items


Relocated and began new lease of a 6,000 square foot office and warehouse space on the northwest side of Grand Rapids


Acquired L.V. Cole & Associates, a supplier of screw machine replacement parts.  Grew to seven employees and over 100 customers


Acquired Multi-Automatic Equipment and Service Company in Inkster Michigan, gaining valuable intellectual property and a national presence in the screw machine industry


Priority Supply changed its name, doing business as Multi-Automatic Tool and Supply. Co.


Added over 4,000 parts in inventory, including replacement parts for Acme, Cone, New Britain and Tornos machines


Purchased and relocated to a 9,000 square foot building on the northwest side of Grand Rapids


Acquired Belding Tool & Machine, adding a precision machine shop to make our own parts and increase our product offering


Our Staff

James Byl

Owner and President

(since 1996)

  • Manages business
  • Visits with customers
  • Handles technical issues and quoting

Kim Miller

Replacement Part Specialist

(since 1996, with LV Cole)

  • Inside sales
  • Thread rolling sales
  • Screw machine parts sales

Chris Peterson

General Manager

(with Multi-Automatic Grand Rapids since 2010)

  • Engineering service
  • Multi-Automatic Inkster since 1982
  • Inside sales

Rich Phifer

Account Manager

(since 2014)

  • Visits with customers
  • Quality control
  • Product development

Cheri Nardin


(since 2002)

Ingrid Espino

Inside Sales

  • Cutting tools and collet sales
  • Inventory manager

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