About Us


At the origin the history of Zenit is similar to other Italian companies, founded at the end of World War II. From the managing initiative of four young brothers in 1948, was founded the mechanical factory, " Fratelli Locatelli". Becoming manufacture of special tools and brazed tools, suitable for small specialist jobs and component manufacturing, using carbide brazed tips.

Through the years, the company has grown in step with the Italian economy from a small artisan operation in the 1940's, to a limited company employing over 60 people in the 1980's. The production expanded according to the market dictates, into the manufacturing of tooling branded Zenit for the automotive and textile industry, and ISO inserted carbide tooling for turning and milling.

The steady technology growth treat in the 1950's, and 1960's, and 1970's, allowed for the natural development of the company. The speedier growth of the 1980's however took the management by surprise and it was a form of management philosophy perspective and from a technological one.
In the early 1990's, with the upcoming of the new shareholders and new management, the company was fully refinanced and rejuvenated its technology.
At this point, the name was changed to Zenit and manufacturing plant was moved to its present location. The plants was entirely updated to the latest technology.
Zenit was now is a position, both in quality and capacity to meet the challenge of the new era.

The Present

Nowadays, Zenit employees 15 multi-axil C.N.C state of the art machines, enabling the production of all kinds of inserted tools. Both being standard and special for turning and milling.

The Zenit production process is managed and monitored thoroughly, by the most up to date CAD-CAM software. Exact 3D phographic representation allows for easy and safe modification, or improvement to the design. As well as, providing a quality safeguard. ISO acceleration has been a natural outcome of this.
The Zenit R&D and production capability has enabled us to expand our presence in the marketplace, and diversify into the manufacturing of components of high complexity for a wide variety of applications for delivery in large batches or just in time.
From its early inception as a family company, serving the Italian domestic market, Zenit has grown to be successful in many international markets, while embracing all that modern area, Zenit has maintained the soul of the original artisan company, where the deepest difficulties are seen as stimulating challenges to be taken up and whose quality and service are being appreciated more and more.

The Future

Our experience and commintment to technology makes Zenit an ideal place to work with our customers for a profitable future together.



Service at ZENITOOLS stands for highest supply from stock, prompt delivery service,  competent representations with complete documentation of all products and cutting parameters.
Just a few of many concrete examples:
  • ZENITOOLS has highly skilled employees and a distribution point in Glendale Heights, IL.
  • 85% of the products we sell are instock and ready to ship locally by 4pm, so that our customers have them the next day! There is also always the option to pick up in office 8am-5pm  Monday to Friday

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