Camco FoundedBud Hawley opens Camco on North Avenue in Chicago.
Camco becomes Camcraft
Camcraft moves to Franklin Park
Bern and Jeanne Bertsche purchase Camcraft in December 1986 from Olive Hawley
Camcraft focuses on the mobile hydraulics market. Success in this market leads to a significant transformation of Camcraft’s customer base, moving us forward into hydraulic automotive applications and subsequently into high-pressure diesel fuel systems.
Camcraft moves into its newly constructed headquarters in Hanover Park.
Camcraft initiates its formal technical training program. Basic Certification, Technical Certification, and Accredited Journeyman Apprenticeship Certification is awarded to employees who successfully complete the program.
Student OutreachCamcraft initiates its student outreach program for local fifth and sixth grade students from Parkwood Elementary School. This leans Bern and Jeanne to form Crossroads Kids Club as a way to continue building relationships with the community. Crossroads now meets weekly in over 45 schools
Mike Bertsche named president of Camcraft.
Increased AutomationAutomated inspection, assembly, and machine tending are added to meet our customers’ quality, const and production requirements. Our initial small steps into automation lead to significant investments in automating processes throughout the company and ultimately our purchase of Matrix.
Investment InitiativeAt the urging of a board member the company begins an aggressive reinvestment initiative into the latest machine tools, metrology, and tooling in order to compete with the top firms in our industry world-wide.
Camcraft launches our E2B2 continuous improvement initiative in 2012. Everybody, Everyday, Getting Better and Better encourages and engages all of our employees to make our workplace safer, more productive, and helps us deliver the highest level of quality to our customers.