Who We Are

The Material Works, Ltd. (TMW) is a privately-held company committed to excellence in the toll processing of flat rolled metals. Our Processing Division performs slitting, blanking, cut-to-length, leveling and EPS processing for service centers and OEM manufacturers in the central and southern USA. The TMW Technology Division researches and develops new steel processing technologies that are used worldwide.

Our Values

Many ingredients go into a successful enterprise, but three core principles are the foundation of TMW – Faith, Family, Future.

These principles, each explained below, guide our planning, decision making and, above all, how we interact within the TMW family and with our customer and supplier partners.


We profess an abiding faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and are grateful for his many blessings, including the opportunity to do fulfilling work. This fosters within us a faith in each other to act as servants with a calling to glorify God in all we do.


Family is paramount. We strive to provide our employees with the income, security, dignity and sense of purpose that helps their families thrive. Our work environment must be like a family – we must love one another as Jesus loves us.


Our vision must always be focused on the future, rooted in innovation, continuous improvement and commitment to achieving ambitious goals. We are proud of our past, but will not dwell on it or be complacent. A future guided by Jesus is what inspires us.

In Our Community

Our philosophy of service extends to our community and charitable causes that advance and glorify God. We help with both financial contributions and volunteer time from our employees. The organizations below are some of those we are blessed to be able to support. Please click on their logos to learn about them; perhaps you will want to support them as well.

TMW History

The Material Works, Ltd. was founded in 1992 by Kenneth Voges, a pioneer in coil processing technology who, in 1959, had founded Red Bud Industries, a leading coil processing machinery producer. Though TMW and Red Bud Industries are separate, independent companies, this common heritage gave TMW a particularly strong foundation in metals processing technology.

December 1992 - The Material Works, Ltd. is Founded


IL Governor Jim Edgar, Kenneth Voges, Kevin Voges and Alan Mueth at the 1993 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

TMW moved into a new 90,000 sq. ft. building with a single processing line. Kenneth Voges led the original 15 employees, most from RBI, and began toll processing for many of the same companies who had previously purchased processing equipment from him.


A second cut-to-length line is added to meet demand.

Kenneth Voges begins a multi-year effort to restore historic buildings in downtown Red Bud. One of those buildings – the Ziebold Bank Building – later becomes the administrative offices of TMW.

TMW Headquarters at the Christmas Holiday season.


Kenneth Voges officially retires. His son – Kevin- takes on the role of President of TMW and begins planning an aggressive expansion of the business.


The 1997 TMW Team Photo.  In two years TMW had gone from one cut-to-length line and 15 employees to four cut-to-length lines and 45 employees.


Construction begins on a state-of-the-art 216,000 sq. ft. TMW processing center on the Kaskaskia River just outside Red Bud.


TMW’s new Toll Processing Center ‐ served by road, rail and barge ‐ opens at 10351 Riverview Lane.


Industry’s most advanced high-speed slitter ‐ capable of 2000 fpm speeds ‐ added to the new plant.


TMW installs world’s first heavy gauge stretcher-leveler which produces flatter material than temper pass.


TMW’s Technology Division is established with the goal of developing new processing technology.


A Technology Division prototype innovation – SCS – is installed at the new plant. Ten more SCS processing lines were eventually commissioned around the world.


The 2005 TMW Team with SCS line in background.

TMW achieves ISO 9001 certification for flat rolled metals processing.


Technology Division begins developing environmentally friendly replacement for acid pickling – Eco Pickled Surface (EPS).


The first-ever EPS pickling line enters commercial production, having demonstrated performance and economic feasibility in its testing phase.


EPS technology wins the American Metal Market’s ‘Excellence in Steel’ award in the Best Environmental Responsibility/Stewardship” category.


TMW Team 2011 with EPS Sheet Line in background

EPS Generation 2 technology enters operation in the EPS Sheet Line at TMW. Generation 2 improves EPS economics and is the catalyst for global EPS acceptance.


The 270,000 sq. ft. TMW-Jingu facility in Fuyang, China 

TMW establishes a joint venture with Jingu, China’s largest wheel manufacturer, to build EPS Cells for the Chinese and Korean markets.


EPS wins another American Metal Market Excellence in Steel award in the category ‘Best Process Innovation.’


The original TMW plant is adapted to be the Technology Division Development Center, where new innovations are tested, proven and demonstrated.


Generation 3 of EPS Technology is implemented in the new EPS Coil Line installed in the Technology Division Development Center.


TMW Team 2017 with EPS Coil Line in background

As TMW enjoys its 25th year, we proudly reflect on:

  • 336,000 sq. ft. of production facilities,
  • Storing 140,000 tons of steel for our customers,
  • Operating six modern processing lines,
  • 21 EPS Cells sold around the world,
  • 19 patents in metals processing technology


New 5/16" Stretcher Leveler

5/16″ Stretcher Leveler (T18) Major Upgrades:

  • New RBI roll feed and controls
  • New Stretcher Leveler section – SureGrip™ design
  • Latest controls: yield measuring capability further ensures stress-free sheets


5/16″ Slitter (T22) Begins Production:

  • New state-of-the-art RBI 72″ wide slitter
  • Located next to our Generation 3 EPS Coil line
  • Completes our 5/16″ processing capabilities
    (EPS + Slit + Stretch)


TMW Kicks off its 30th Anniversary Year in a Big Way

EPS Generation 4 debuts, replacing the Gen 3 Turbine Chamber with two smaller, simpler and more efficient Turbine Chambers. Gen 4 further lowers EPS pickling costs and ushers in a new era of growth for EPS Technology.