C.R. Onsrud celebrates new fabrication center, tech expo event
February 28, 2018 | 12:04 pm CST

TROUTMAN, N.C. - More than 140 woodworking professionals were on hand to mark the opening of C.R. Onsrud's new 55,000-square-foot fabrication center and kick off the technology provider's Expo2018 event. The technology expo took place Feb. 28 at the company's facility in Troutman, North Carolina.

Highlights of the day-long event included machinery demonstrations, trends and information, networking opportunities and a tour of the company's entire campus, including the new fabrication center.

"Building 2" houses the functions of turning raw materials into the base, columns, bridges and other components for CNC machines. “Today, the CNC machine is at the heart of nearly every product being manufactured – everyday products we as consumers purchase, most likely started life with parts or components machined on a CNC,” said Director of Business Development Jeff Onsrud.

C.R. Onsrud's technology is used in a variety of industries, including woodworking, plastics, aerospace and automotive.

Charlie Onsrud founded the company in the 1970s,  after leaving the family manufacturing business, Onsrud Machine Works.  Today, Charlie’s sons Tom, Bill and John Onsrud drive the company which designs, engineers and builds CNC platforms in various shapes and sizes. “There are five generations of the Onsrud family now working in manufacturing, and generation six has started to come out of the pipeline,” added CEO Tom Onsrud.

Joining the Onsrud family at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were a list of dignitaries including North Carolina Representative John Fraley, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis’ Regional Representative James Estes, Troutman Mayor Teross Young, and a number of local, regional and state economic development professionals.

“North Carolina is proud of companies like C.R. Onsrud” said Fraley, “and we should be working to support them and other North Carolina (American) manufacturers as we continue to grow and prosper here in the Tarheel state.”

“This new facility provides the company much needed space to house people and resources, allowing us to continue meeting demand and exceeding the expectations of our customers,” said Bill Onsrud, vice president of engineering. John Onsrud, executive vice president, furthered that sentiment, and thanked the customers, vendors and employees for the part they’ve played in making the company a success.

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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at karen.koenig@woodworkingnetwork.com