Our History

The Testing Leader Since 1935

1935
Herbert Link established Link Engineering Company in his basement, focusing on tap wrenches and edge finders.
1936
Herbert acquired a patent for spring testing devices, and relocated the business to a storefront in Detroit, Michigan.
LINK relocated to its first stand-alone facility in Detroit. Expanding into the electric motor repair business, LINK acquired united Electric Company from General Motors.
1940
Herbert developed a technique for simultaneously machining both flutes of a center drill cutting tool, launching the establishment of Link Industries in Indian River, Michigan. Also, in the 1950s, LINK created its first piece of lacing equipment.
1950
1960
LINK designed and manufactured its first inertia-type brake dynamometer. This dynamometer, followed by a few more over the next several years, provided LINK the partnerships that it desperately needed with the local, thriving automotive manufacturers.
1970
Herbert’s son, Roy, began working full-time for the business. Roy quickly became a tremendous asset to the company and to the industries served by LINK.
LINK Testing Laboratories was founded in Detroit as a means to offer independent testing services at the automotive component level. This facility was further developed into an extensive lab serving the testing needs of brake systems, transmissions, wheels and hubs, and other related automotive components.
1980
Roy was named CEO/President of Link Engineering Company in 1989.
1989
1990
LINK established a new Design & Manufacturing headquarters in Plymouth, MI, where the company developed its robust and industry-leading software, ProLINK. This software has continued to act as the control system for every LINK test machine, and is the premier control and acquisition system in the industry.
2000
LINK expands globally with a test lab in Korea, and sales offices in China, Germany, Brazil and Japan.
In the early 2000s, LINK grew their global testing footprint, establishing laboratory and vehicle testing facilities, as well as proving ground access, in the U.S., China, and later in Brazil and Germany.
In 2014, LINK added Servo Dynamic capabilities to the business with the acquisition of Dynamic Test Equipment (DTE).
2014
LINK further expanded their Servo Dynamic capabilities with the acquisition of SERVO2000 in Milan, Italy.
2016
2017
At the end of 2017, LINK announced the acquisition of Tescor Inc. – expanding their capabilities into HVAC testing and environmental controlled chambers. Also in 2017, LINK opened a new vehicle test center in Huangshan, China.
2019
LINK moved their corporate team to a new headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan, establishing Link Group Inc., overseeing Link Engineering Company, Tescor, and Link Industries.
1935
Herbert Link established Link Engineering Company in his basement, focusing on tap wrenches and edge finders.
1936
Herbert acquired a patent for spring testing devices, and relocated the business to a storefront in Detroit, Michigan.
1940
LINK relocated to its first stand-alone facility in Detroit. Expanding into the electric motor repair business, LINK acquired united Electric Company from General Motors.
1950
Herbert developed a technique for simultaneously machining both flutes of a center drill cutting tool, launching the establishment of Link Industries in Indian River, Michigan. Also, in the 1950s, LINK created its first piece of lacing equipment.
1960
LINK designed and manufactured its first inertia-type brake dynamometer. This dynamometer, followed by a few more over the next several years, provided LINK the partnerships that it desperately needed with the local, thriving automotive manufacturers.
1970
Herbert’s son, Roy, began working full-time for the business. Roy quickly became a tremendous asset to the company and to the industries served by LINK.
1980
LINK Testing Laboratories was founded in Detroit as a means to offer independent testing services at the automotive component level. This facility was further developed into an extensive lab serving the testing needs of brake systems, transmissions, wheels and hubs, and other related automotive components.
1989
Roy was named CEO/President of Link Engineering Company in 1989.
1990
LINK established a new Design & Manufacturing headquarters in Plymouth, MI, where the company developed its robust and industry-leading software, ProLINK. This software has continued to act as the control system for every LINK test machine, and is the premier control and acquisition system in the industry.
2000
LINK expands globally with a test lab in Korea, and sales offices in China, Germany, Brazil and Japan.
In the early 2000s, LINK grew their global testing footprint, establishing laboratory and vehicle testing facilities, as well as proving ground access, in the U.S., China, and later in Brazil and Germany.
2014
In 2014, LINK added Servo Dynamic capabilities to the business with the acquisition of Dynamic Test Equipment (DTE).
2016
LINK further expanded their Servo Dynamic capabilities with the acquisition of SERVO2000 in Milan, Italy.
2017
At the end of 2017, LINK announced the acquisition of Tescor Inc. – expanding their capabilities into HVAC testing and environmental controlled chambers. Also in 2017, LINK opens a new vehicle test center in Huangshan, China.
2019
LINK moved their corporate team to a new headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan, establishing “Link Group” overseeing Link Engineering Company, Tescor, and Link Industries.

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