Paul Kerschensteiner - President
To survive in the world of manufacturing one's job must be approached with extreme passion; otherwise, the vast problems associated with machinery and people really become hard work.
Simply, it becomes a "way of life" and after a time you really don't know any other work style of life exists ... It certainly appears that is the way my career has traveled.
I can remember at the age of 8 when Dad (Paul, Sr.) brought me to his machinery warehouse and repair shop. I worked every summer till graduation from high school.
Note: This was the traditional german way of learning a trade ... start kids young. As much as technology has changed over 50 years, I think we can all agree that some of the "old ways" would still work today.
After that, it was business college in the mornings, machinery in the afternoons and trade school in the evenings.
In the 1960's ... I went to Europe and established many relationships with factories throughout Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, etc. that led to the importing of lathes, mills, shears, etc..
As the market shifted in the 1970's, we were in Japan importing the best they had to offer: Mori Seiki, Makino, etc..
With the ending of the 80's & 90's and the advent of the new millennium ... We are now involved with Taiwan, China, Korea ... all major players in providing machine tools for world wide distribution.
Now this business continues to offer great challenges and is extremely demanding of personal time ... many times I wish there were 30 hours in a day!
Growing up with machine tools and progressing through the changing era's of machine tool technology, has provided the foundation that Industrial Machinery was built on.