Founded by Kurt Kuban, father of former President and Owner Bill Kuban.
Kurt Vise Introduced
Introduction of the Kurt Vise, the industry leader in precision workholding solutions.
Kurt becomes an industry leader
Kurt's success with business-partner relationships made Kurt an industry leader in contract CNC machining and manufacturing.
As part of a vertical integration strategy, acquisition of several businesses complementing the existing corporate capabilities. Acquisitions included:
- Two screw machine facilities; one in Minneapolis, MN and one in Lyman, NE
- Summit Gear — a precision gear manufacturer in Minneapolis, MN
- Strite Anderson — an aluminum die cast facility in Fridley, MN
Kurt Engineered Systems introduced
Kurt introduces their new division Kurt Engineered Systems with the development of Kurt Check, an SPC software and hardware package.
Kurt opens a second precision machining facility
Pueblo, CO, became home of Kurt’s second facility and supported Colorado's high-tech industry with the addition of impact extruding.
Kurt Manufacturing's Quality Journey Continues
In the 90s, Kurt Manufacturing got serious about quality control and implemented the following processes:Quality Programs
Basic SPC AWAIR APQP Advanced SPC Kaizen PPAP Design of Experiments 5 S Program PFEMA Team Training 6 Sigma FEMA Quality Manual JIT NADCAP Gage R & R Cellular Manufacturing AS 9100 B ISO 9000-2001 and QS 9000 (Pueblo Plant only)
Kurt Kinetic Trainer Developed
Kurt Hydraulics Developed
Delta Hawk manufacturing partner
Coon Rapids location added
CMM area added
Doosan turning lathes added
Steve Carlsen named President and CEO
Mazak 5 axis machining center with palette system added
ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company established