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www.cronsrud.com / Revenue: Between $20 million and $40 million / HQ: Troutman, N.C. /
Employees: 130 / Specialty: Machine manufacturing
cnc machining manufacturer c.r. onsrud expanded product capabilities
during the recession to prepare for growth. by tim o'connor
c.r. onsrud offers nearly 50
standard models of three-,
four- and five-axis cnc
sour, some companies go into bomb
shelter mode, cutting staff and expenses to squeak by. But for CNC machine maker C.R. Onsrud, the recession was an opportunity to invest in
itself by increasing its workforce and
developing higher-precision equipment to serve new markets.
At the start of the recession in 2007,
the North Carolina company had 80
workers. Today it has 130, a testament
to its bold approach to the lean economy of the past decade. "It has us ready
to go if the economy turns around,"
CEO Tom Onsrud says of the hiring
surge. "If you lay off all your workers, who is going to build the product
when the economy turns around?"
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Those additional workers helped C.R. Onsrud
increase its output by 50 percent from
before the economic downturn.
The recession was just the latest
challenge in the Onsrud family's
100-year manufacturing legacy. C.R.
Onsrud was founded by Charlie Onsrud, Tom Onsrud's father, in 1976,
but the company can actually trace its
history to 1915, when Oscar Onsrud
and his son, Rudy, invented the first
pneumatic, high-speed spindle. The
original company was called Onsrud
Machine Works and many of its machines were used to produce U.S. military aircraft parts and rifles during
World War II.
While working for his father and
grandfather at the original family
business, Onsrud Machine
Works, Charlie Onsrud saw many
opportunities to utilize the technology and engineering know-how
within other industries. In 1978, he
took the family's innovative spirit
to the major furniture producers of
the Southeastern United States, and
C.R. Onsrud was born. The company began producing its patented,
inverted router, a machine which is
still manufactured today to meet the
demand of smaller, customer woodshops and hobbyists.
C.R. Onsrud today offers nearly 50
standard models of three-, four- and
five-axis CNC routers, CNC Mills,
CNC machining centers and four
models of inverted pin routers. Fifty
percent of the company's production
is built-to-order equipment, accord-
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