Machine Service, Inc. Company History In April of 1948 a young man with high ambitions named Edward Fowles started a small machine shop in his father’s fish house on the banks of the Fox River. He discovered the need for quality machine work at an economical price and decided to specialize in the power transmission segment of the machining industry. As he pioneered the development of innovative drive shaft manufacturing equipment, this young entrepreneur was well on his way to becoming an industry leader.Edward Fowles recognized and developed his market when he started his small business 54 years ago. Today with over 150 employees serving clients world-wide, MSI continues to respond to customers’ needs and changing technologies. MSI has certainly grown from its humble beginnings, yet many of the key founding elements still remain. Manufacturing precision parts, offering high quality components and providing excellent on-time service will always be MSI’s formula for success.