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CPI Tooling is a premier cutting tool distributorship located in Aiken, South Carolina. We pride ourselves in offering top-quality metal-cutting tools and the capability to help engineer the correct product for your application.

Our team of sales engineers brings more than 150 combined years of conventional and CNC machining experience to our clients. We offer solutions to the most difficult machining problems, serving everyone from the smallest job shop to the largest manufacturers in the Southeast, including South Carolina, North Carolina, and north Georgia.

Contact Information

CPI Tooling, Inc.
1172 E. Pine Log Road
Aiken, SC 29803
Phone: 803-642-9988
Fax: 803-642-9974
Email: [email protected]

Our History

CPI was founded in 2007 by Kenny Elmore, Charlie Heaton, and Ashley Heaton. Their goal was to build a full-line cutting tool distributorship with a sales team that could offer solutions and not simply sell tools from a catalog. This innovative approach has proven successful and has resulted in CPI developing new client relationships with both large and small manufacturers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and north Georgia. In 2018, Charlie and Ashley sold their ownership to Dudley Barton of Birmingham, Alabama.

Our Partners

Kenny Elmore

Kenny's more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing began in technical college, where he received a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Machining. After spending 10 years in manufacturing, Kenny spent 17 years in sales and distribution with a large tooling distributor in South Carolina, developing two new markets. His depth of experience covers everything from setting up and processing CNC jobs on the shop floor and managing supply chains to establishing a specialty tooling and consulting business. His experience enables him to provide real-world tooling solutions. 
Contact Kenny: [email protected]



Dudley Barton

Dudley has worked in the cutting tool distribution field since 1980. He is also owner of Max Tool, Inc, an industrial distributor in Birmingham, Alabama, and co-owner of Carbide Depot. The alliance created when Dudley made the investment in CPI has brought strength and synergy in our relationships with suppliers and key customer accounts.