Mike McDonald, owner of Keller Machine and Fabrication, Inc., will be the first to admit that he used to be one of abrasivejet machining's greatest skeptics.
Mr. McDonald worked in the industry for 17 years before buying Keller Machining and Fabrication, Inc., based in Kent, Washington. "I wanted to use KMF to help customers solve specific problems and, in doing so, take advantage of other possible markets for the solutions we created."
Finding other markets would be tough--the industry was in a severe slump at the time, and KMF was doing anything it could to stay afloat. Moreover, job shops that had been surviving on the aerospace industry were now competing for KMF's bread and butter--industrial manufacturing and machining.