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90th Anniversary for Star Cutter Company

"Star Cutter Company is celebrating its 90th Anniversary throughout 2017 by reflecting on its past and looking towards the future," said a company spokesperson.

Founded in 1927 by Howard B. Lawton and Frank Burgess, Star Cutter Company is a fourth generation family owned manufacturing company. Star Cutter started its cutting tool operations in Detroit before moving the main facility to Farmington in 1951. In the late 1960s, the company made an extreme change to its operation by splitting up its growing manufacturing offerings into several smaller towns throughout northern Michigan. The Star Cutter Company headquarters remains in Farmington Hills along with its solid carbide tool manufacturing (Northern Tool), with additional manufacturing taking place in East Tawas (Tawas Tool; Gear Cutting Tools), Ossineke (Ossineke Industries; Gundrills), Lewiston (H.B. Carbide Company; Carbide Blanks and Preforms), Elk Rapids (Elk Rapids Engineering; CNC Tool & Cutter Grinding Machines) and Traverse City (Grand Traverse Construction; Commercial Construction).

Bradley Lawton, Chairman of Star Cutter Company, believes a large amount of the company's success is due to the culture created as the result of directing the business up north beginning around 1967. "The family has always had a fond attraction to the northern lower peninsula and wanted to invest in the local communities," said Lawton. "We set out to develop a skilled workforce and over time have created viable operations that have supported these communities."

In addition to having grown to 500 statewide employees, the company has long been committed to the future of manufacturing through education and training.

"We believe in Michigan manufacturing and its future and have forged relationships with local colleges including: Alpena Community College, Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City), Kirkland Community College (Roscommon), MTEC (Gaylord), Delta College (University Center) and Schoolcraft College (Livonia)," added Lawton. "As a result of these partnerships, we have made access available to hands-on training and apprenticeship programs for students interested in a career in manufacturing."

For more information contact:

Star SU, LLC

5200 Prairie Stone Pkwy, Suite 100

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192


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