Suess watched and listened to artisans who were using metal forming tools that have not
improved for thousands of years. He then went to work designing, testing and
manufacturing a series of time-saving jewelry tools that his customers love
because they work.
Miland has been an innovator
and inventor since he was a child. After working as a Harley-Davidson motorcycle
mechanic in his teens, he served in the U.S. Navy as a rear gunner on a Curtis SB2C Hell
Diver dive bomber during WWII. Miland married in 1946 and settled in Chicago to
raise 5 children. He worked there for 20 years as a well respected
Lincolnwood Police Sergeant, saving lives and putting crooks behind bars. As
Miland states with a smile: "I used to be in a business where the customer was often
wrong. Now I am in a business where the customer is always right." After
retiring from the police department, Miland began designing and manufacturing hand tools
for electricians and metal workers and continued doing so after moving to Arizona in
1984. In 1996, he was approached by a professional jeweler who expressed the need
for a specialized tool to form compound curves into metal. In response, Miland
designed and patented his first jewelers tool (The "Synclastic" tool, U.S.
Patent number 5,513,513) and went on to design and manufacture over a dozen jewelry making
tools and jewelry repair tools. Besides designing and manufacturing jewelry tools,
Miland also restores classic vehicles including a 1957 Thunderbird, a 1949 Cadillac, and a
1947 Indian Chief Motorcycle. People who have met Miland appreciate his ingenuity,
integrity, friendliness and sense of humor.
Miland enjoys making quality
tools, you will enjoy using them, and your customers will appreciate the results.