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Above. The heartbeat of Kreinik's Parkserburg, WV, operation is more than 130 braiding machines.

ing threads. So the couple started researching, buying,
and then making them.
The inventor of the D-Ring for the Department
of the Navy, Jerry had a knack for creating ideas and
building them. The couple invented the first thread
organizer and then peddled this and other products
door-to-door to build the company's foundation.
Today, Kreinik Manufacturing makes a variety of silk
and metallic threads for needleworkers, crafters, scrapbookers, quilters, fiber artists, fly fishermen-even
fashion houses-to help them express their creative
selves. "We pretty much always have thread on the
brain," said company president Doug Kreinik, son of
Jerry and Estelle. "It's how we look at the world."
The operation has grown significantly since Doug
Kreinik joined the family business in 1983. At that
time, there were 10 braiding machines and now there
are more than 130. With only 17 employees, the
facility also uses winding, coning, skeining, and cardwinding and packaging machines to produce more
than a million spools each year.
Kreinik and Ankrom continue the company's tradition-borne of the mother of invention-by inventing
solutions each day to keep the operations running

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with extremely old equipment in a very tight space.
"We have a philosophy that if you can find the
right parts, you can make the stuff you need," Kreinik
said. "Every piece of equipment you see was made by
someone. It didn't just pop out of a tree. I worked for a
while as a computer programmer and carried with me
the philosophy that if you can think it, you can code
it. It's the same with our equipment. We know how to
re-invent it and keep it running."
Kreinik believes that "small is big" and that there is
still room for creativity in manufacturing.
"We can find a way to put something together," he
said. "It may not be beautiful or look like it's supposed
to, but it's going to function. We make old things new
again with good maintenance. For example, Martin
is taking apart and rebuilding one of our machines.
He is simplifying it and making it easier to use and
is using fewer parts. He is taking something that was
broken and actually improving it to make it run more
efficiently than ever."
But this kind of creative manufacturing also
requires a contingency plan, Ankrom explained. "If
something goes down, there is always a backup to
keep things running while I fix it," he explained. "I
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