Check out This Family Business’ “Working Museum”

Central Texas Tools moved to its current location back in 1937. The close-knit, three-generation shop uses the same belt-driven equipment as it did back then, too.


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Today’s advanced machining technology is impressive. However, it’s nice to reflect on the history of machining in the U.S. from time to time. This cool video explains the origins of Central Texas Tools and how its three generations of manual machinists apply their skills at this job shop that primarily repairs and threads oil field parts. You’ll find no computers there. In fact, some of the equipment is belt-driven, and production planning is commonly performed by grabbing a welding rod and sketching out ideas in the shop’s dirt floor. And work stops for a bit every morning at 9:30. That’s soda pop time.