In December of 1972, Richard H. Carr let go of his full-time job as a plant manager to start his own success story.
He had visions of becoming an entrepreneur ever since he was a journeyman machinist at Kraft Foods, Inc. With great guidance, a natural mechanical talent, and everlasting endurance, Carr started to build a flourishing precision machining organization. Within 10 years, Carr custom designed and built a free-standing building in Elk Grove Village, home of the largest business park in the nation.
In 2004, after 26 years of experience and full-time employment working for his father, Jim Carr became the sole shareholder and President of CARR Machine & Tool. By 2008, the company reached record sales after 35 years in business.
CARR Machine & Tool continues to grow, expanding its services to meet a variety of industries. The company has made strong initiatives to set standards in providing a first-class experience from the initial phone call to shipping products, and has resulted in a 100% customer satisfaction rate.
Jim Carr is also an active participant in the manufacturing community. He is currently the Vice Chairman and Executive Board Committee Director of The Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA). Carr is also the co-founder of MakingChips, a podcast that equips manufacturing leaders in the metalworking industry.
Jim’s son Ryan Carr has taken an active role in the business. Ryan, like his father, is now heavily involved in all facets of CARR operations.
CARR Machine & Tool is looking towards a busy future. The company has plans to sustain its high customer satisfaction rate by improving customer acquisition processes. To provide better solutions for customers, CARR is planning to invest in technology and new capital equipment for machinery and tooling.
CARR will focus on making a difference in all aspects of the business, including better employee training and continuing to be a strong advocate in safety and health. In addition, the company will dedicate time to make improvements to the overall operating state to ensure qualification for additional quality certifications.
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