C.R. Onsrud Celebrates 100 Years

The company has its roots in a spindle developed in 1915.

C.R. Onsrud is celebrating a 100-year milestone this year. According to the company, Norwegian immigrant Oscar Onsrud and his son Rudy invented the first high-speed air-driven spindle in 1915, replacing much of the existing belt-driven cutting and milling machinery then prevalent. Oscar’s grandson, Charlie, then founded C.R. Onsrud and grew the company by providing specialized machines for the woodworking industry. Today, the company offers custom machinery for metal, composite and plastic applications.

In other news, C.R. Onsrud recently added several new team members. The company has appointed Michael Schwartz as national sales manager for Canada. Mr. Schwartz most recently served as director of business development with CNC Automation. Gayel Weaver, previously sales manager at Logistics Supply, has been hired as a project manager. Additionally, John Airheart has been hired as service manager at the company’s Troutman, North Carolina, headquarters. Mr. Airheart previously held the same position at AgieCharmilles.