FONTANA, CALIF. (July 1, 12:40 p.m. ET) — The California State Assembly and the California Small Business Association honored screw maker Santa Fe Machine Works Inc., which is expanding its market reach outside of Golden State.
The Fontana, Calif., company employs 26 people, according to Scott Kelly, chief financial officer.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who represents the Fontana area, selected Santa Fe Machine Works to attend California Small Business Day, June 6 in Sacramento. Santa Fe was one of 70 companies in California attending the event.
“We're expanding our growth and we've been recognized for that,” Kelly said.
Kelly's great-grandfather founded Santa Fe Machine in Los Angeles in 1922 as a machine shop that also got into the production of woodworking equipment. Later generations of the Kelly family moved the business into repairing equipment for the steel industry and slaughterhouses, and finally into screw manufacturing.
Kelly said screws account for about 75 percent of total sales today.
Santa Fe Machine Works has more than triples its capacity to make screws from the level before the recession, he said. The Kellys invested in six pieces of machinery: a computer numerically controlled mill, two CNC lathes, a polisher, a grinder and a welding system.
The company added a second shift and signed up sales representatives and distributors to the Midwest, east coast and internationally.
“In my opinion a recession is the best time to invest, because the competition generally does not. So when the rebound starts we are poised to take market share and grow rapidly while the others will struggle to catch up,” Kelly said.