For The Love of Manufacturing

Barnes Manufacturing Services to be Featured at Marion Heritage Center

Custom Manufacturing CompanyHow many times have you taken the lowest machining or custom fabrication bid, only to find out that the end product was not up to par? This is why it is so important to look for a fair price for your next machining project, and a company that only hires machinists who are creative and love what they do.

Since it’s infancy in 1966, Barnes Manufacturing Services has been providing superior products and custom manufacturing services that combine creativity in engineering with expertise in the fundamentals of metalwork. The company began in a shed, quite literally, where Tom Barnes repaired machinery and did work to support machining companies. His father took orders from local farmers for machinery repair and welding jobs, and Tom fulfilled them on weekend. He was still a high school student when he found that he had a love for machinery repair, machining, welding and manufacturing.

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Machining Becomes a Family Business

After the birth of their first child in 1977, Tom and wife, Vicki, made a decision that she should quit her job at Kenwood House Interiors and help with their growing business. While she had always worked alongside Tom, managing finances and providing support, this extra support allowed the couple to grow the business. In 1978, the couple had to make the choice  whether they were willing to move around the country with his company, or continue their work closer to home. He was finally able to quit his job making printing presses to Rockwell Goss (Goss Graphics) and do what he loved full-time.

The Company Grew from the Love of Manufacturing

There is a difference between a factory worker who pulls a lever or pushes a button, and a machinist, or machining company who has the ability to design and manufacture your parts from start to finish. A factory worker may not know if something looks wrong, or really how it works, especially when it comes to custom fabrication or short run production. A trained machinist knows how to set the machine for dimensions as close to thousandths of an inch in precision, as well as can tell if a part will work or may need adjusting in order to work properly. They can even troubleshoot for a better performing part or machine.

When Barnes Manufacturing Services hires new employees, they look for the same spark and motivation for the trade that the company was built on – the Love of Manufacturing. Employees must be motivated by challenge, and are encouraged to seek solutions for projects and workflow efficiency. Continued education and speaking up when they have ideas are encouraged. That is why you can always be sure you will get great service and the highest quality from Barnes.

The company now has 24 employees, including Tom and Vicki’s daughter, Emily, and son, Bob.

See Our Historical Exhibit at Marion Heritage Center

As one of Marion’s oldest businesses, Barnes Manufacturing is responsible for some of Marion’s most iconic images, and countless work behind the scenes worldwide, and locally. As part of the McIntyre Series Events, Barnes Manufacturing Services will be featured on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The event is free and coffee and tea will be served.

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