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ABOUT US

How it all started….

Artom was founded in 1968 by Arnold Nelson.  Arnold had worked as a tool maker for Honeywell for 15 years.  While at Honeywell he worked one main product and started to become bored with the monotony and wondered what it would be like to run his own business. 

As with most people, I am sure you are wondering how the name Artom came to be. Arnold needed some working capital to start his business so he took on an investor/silent partner (Tom).  They also wanted to be in the beginning of the phone book so the combined their names and went with Artom.  To this day, we still joke about the marketing idea because we still get calls from people needing miscellaneous projects done.

The Early years…

Artom began in a small rented space in Coon Rapids approximately 1,000 square feet.  They used manual Bridgeport mills and LeBlond lathes to manufacture their parts.  They made parts for Possis Medical, Control Data and other industries.

In 1978 Arnold has some serious medical problems which left him unable to work and run the shop.  So at the age of 17, Scott his youngest son took over the family business and finances.  Arnold passed away in 1987.

By 1989, the machine shop industry was becoming extremely automated with CNC (computer numerical controlled) equipment and Scott decided in order to stay in the game they must be able to compete.  So they purchased their first CNC Mill.

In 1990, Scott met his wife Kelli.  She was working for her father at his machine shop doing the purchasing.  Two years later they decided to join together and operate Artom.

Today…

Artom is located in Anoka in a 10,000 square foot building.  They employ 5 people in the shop most of them have been with them for over 10 years.

They are fully automated with the latest programming software, Hi-speed machining centers with pallet changers, True 4th axis capabilities, Mig and Tig welding, 3,000 sq ft demonstration and testing bay.