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CREATIVE

Craftsmanship
Kreinik continues to invent new ways to
breathe life into old machinery.
Michelle Segrest
Contributing Editor

IF MARTIN ANKROM has a super power,
it is in breathing new life into old equipment.
Similar to how he keeps his 1950 Ford pickup
truck running like new, he finds a way to
resuscitate old machinery every day as the
maintenance engineer at Kreinik Manufacturing Co. Inc., in Parkersburg, WV.
"If you have the ability to look inside the
equipment and see that it's jammed, or old,
or deviated, there is always a way to fix it,"
Ankrom said. "You can never give up on it or
it will beat you."
Ankrom works like a modern-day Dr.
Frankenstein. He throws nothing away and
has a large warehouse full of spare parts from
microwaves, old motors, broken computers,
and even pencil sharpeners. It's his "Spare
Parts Mall," and he goes shopping every day.
"I found three motors in an old broken-down microwave and realized that each
one could be used for various equipment in
our facility," he said. "The motor that turns
the plate inside the microwave has 1.5
horsepower. This is absolutely wonderful for
powering some of our equipment. Whenever computers break down around here,
I harvest them like a carnivore. They have
great little compact fans that can cool other
equipment. There are so many different little
switches, lights, and toggles that people just
toss away because we live in such a disposable

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society. That's a shame. If it's done being one
thing it can become something else."
Ankrom uses this creative craftsmanship to
keep operations running at the 7,500-sq.-ft.
Kreinik facility. Jerry and Estelle Kreinik started the family-owned business in their home
in the early 1970s. Estelle was a needleworker,
who basically wanted access to more interest-

Kreinik Manufacturing makes a variety of silk
and metallic threads for needleworkers, crafters,
scrapbookers, quilters, fiber artists, fly fishermen, and fashion houses.
All images:
Michelle Segrest

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