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Don's father graduated from college with a degree in Horology. Horology is the study and measurement of time and the art of watchmaking. His father eventually became a prototype design engineer and tool instrument maker who worked for Texas Instruments Dallas and taught him to run manual equipment starting at age 14. They had a Cincinnati ToolMaster vertical mill, a 13 inch Sheldon engine lathe, drill press, vertical bandsaw, and assorted tool grinders in our garage. He was cutting dovetail slides and single tooling threads by the time he was 15. He was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in his sophomore year at North Texas State University and served 2 years in the Navy. He ran the light machine shop on a repair ship. He returned to North Texas State University after his service. He left NTSU after his Junior year where he studied Physics and Math to start their machine shop. They started in his father’s 2 car garage.
He worked in their shop along the side of the other employees for 5 years as a manual machinist. Their 1st computerized machine was a Pratt & Whitney CNC machining center. They punched the program out on a teletype and input with the use of a reader. Over the years they went from 2 employees to 45 employees back to 5 employees up to 15 employees and so on. During the 1980s and 1990s they had 6 Mori Seiki turning centers, one Hatachi Seike hydraulic bar feed turning center, and 5 CNC Mori Seiki machining centers all had Fanuc controls. He personally set up, programed and ran every machine for the first few weeks so he was better informed about its capabilities for job bidding and planning.
He sold the manufacturing but not the corporate structure and retired. After 6 years of retirement his oldest son (Greg) asked him if he would help launch another shop and that is what we have done.
After years of working in the machine shop, hospitality and printing industries Greg switched gears and wanted to open a machine shop. Asking Don to come out of retirement Greg and Don have opened another shop. We now are manufacturing grinders for knife makers, hobbyist, machine shops, auto industry, landscaping, woodworking and many other industries.
With over 65 years of experience in machine design, customer service, and machining capabilities you can be rest assured to have the best grinder experience possible.
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