About General Carbide

A Record of Excellence in Tungsten Carbide Tooling

At General Carbide, we manufacture more than 50 grades of tungsten carbide tooling for a wide range of industrial wear and metal forming applications. In addition to producing metallurgical powders, we shape, sinter and finish-grind tungsten carbide. We employ more than 200 highly-skilled professionals in our production operations, enabling us to sell our products throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

The company was established 50 years ago in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, and has annual sales of more than $40 million. As a woman-owned business, General Carbide has achieved certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

General Carbide establishes the Premo J. Pappafava Excellence Award

Recognizing the Accomplishments of Family-Owned Manufacturers

Named in memory of its founder, the inaugural award was initially presented at the 2013 Pittsburgh Business Times’ Manufacturer of the Year event.

This honor is given to multigenerational, family-owned manufacturers for their excellence, innovation, ethics and philanthropy — the foundation upon which Premo built his life.

From his humble beginnings, the Carnegie Tech graduate established General Carbide in 1968. The family owned company continues to thrive today under the leadership of Premo's eldest daughter, Mona Pappafava-Ray. Premo showed all who had the honor of knowing him that it is possible to consistently do well and make a difference. That legacy is the essence of this enduring tribute.

General Carbide Salutes Our Veterans

We are grateful to members of the General Carbide team who have served proudly in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Their dedication to protecting our freedom has helped make our country a beacon of hope to the world.


  • Rocco Capasso
  • Jim Flack III - deployed while at GCC
  • Jim Flack Jr.
  • Rich Helfferich
  • Alan Kimmel
  • Wayne Love
  • Jim Miller Jr.
  • Bill Overly - deployed while at GCC
  • Doug Walker


  • Ed Brinker
  • Walter Diethorn
  • Gilbert grant
  • Ed Grkman
  • David Heide
  • Lewis Woodward

Air Force

  • Gary Belak
  • Rick Sadler
  • Dave Smith


  • Bob Garsteck
  • Jim Flack III - deployed while at GCC