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Olhausen Billiards / HQ: Portland, Tenn. / Employees: 90 / Products: Pool tables / Donny Olhausen, president: “We feel we have by far the best product we’ve ever made or shipped to our customers.” president donny olhausen (left) and his brother butch olhausen have extensive experience in billiards. Being the Best olhausen creates pool tables and shuffleboards that are played on worldwide. by alan dorich For President Donny Olhausen, Olhausen Billiards is not only a business, but also the extension of his family’s legacy in the billiards industry. Based in Portland, Tenn., the company manufactures pool tables and shuffleboards that are used around the world. Olhausen and his brother, Butch Olhausen, founded Olhausen Billiards in 1972 in San Diego. Prior to founding their company, the two brothers worked for their father’s pool table repair service in Las Cruces, N.M., moving pool tables and replacing worn cloth on tables in pool halls, homes and bars throughout the 62 SPRING 2011 Southwest. “[Our father] learned to service pool tables in his dad’s pool hall in Iowa,” Donny Olhausen says. “We spent around 10 years working for my dad’s company.” In 1969, Butch Olhausen moved to California. Donny Olhausen followed him three years later and the brothers started their own business, moving and recovering pool tables in San Diego. One of their clients was a small local pool table manufacturer who hired the two to deliver his tables. When he offered to sell them his company, the brothers decided to buy it. “We bought it in February of 1973 and that’s when we started making pool tables,” Donny Olhausen recalls. Today, Olhausen Billiards employs a staff of 90 and operates from a 250,000-square-foot facility in Portland, Tenn. “Due to the increasing difficulty of finding trucks to haul our pool tables across the country from San Diego, we made the decision to relocate the company to Tennessee in 2006,” Olhausen says. “The move eliminated the problem of securing transportation for our pool tables and at the same time, it brought us closer to our customers and to our lumber suppliers,” he says. “The move has proven to be one of the keys to surviving the economic downturn of the past four years. “The freight savings for us on our raw materials and the freight savings for our customers on items they purchase from us have made Olhausen much more competitive than it was in San Diego,” Olhausen says.

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011
Business Value
Supply Chain
Patriot Forge Co.
Reading Bakery Systems
The South African Mint Co.
GCX Corp.
Jay Industries Inc.
Johnson Electric Coil Co.
Certified Transmission
Olhausen Billiards
Pace Industrues
RTI Claro
The Testor Corp.
Restonic Matresses
Advanced Automation
Anadigics Inc.
Hermes Cones & Snack Manufacturers
JR Automation Technologies LLC
Prodomax Automation Inc.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
New England Ropes
Berger Paints Trinidad Ltd.
Air Tractor
Artisans Inc.
Bermingham Foundation Solutions
Bowers Manufacturing Co.
Ferti Technologies
Industrial Acoustics
Morton Industries
Presstek Inc.
Ranco Fertiservice Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011