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NEM Celebrates the Company's 50th Anniversary

September 2014

North Easton Machine Company celebrated their 50th anniversary at the historic Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. The event included past and present company staff, customers, colleagues, and elected officials.  

During the celebration, company president, Jon Holbrook, was awarded a proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives presented by Representative Claire Cronin.  In his speech that followed, Jon Holbrook took time to thank attendees and spoke about his parents’ partnership and the early days of the company.  “In 1964, my father (Donald Holbrook) had trouble caring for his wife and two children on a salary of one hundred dollars a week. He thought that starting his own business would give him greater income potential, but he had no money - $25 a week went to groceries and the other $75 went to rent.”  His family was not supportive, so he made an appointment to see the local banker, David Ames, who arranged a loan. “My father used the loan to buy some used screw machines and set up shop. We have gone from a start up business in a garage to becoming a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility celebrating 50 years of business.”    

Jon went on to recognize his mother, who attended the party.  “My parents were good partners,” he began.  “While my father worked days to support us, my mother would order and receive raw material, tooling, and take deliveries  to support my father’s nightly production, all  while chasing two toddlers around the house.” It was several years before Donald Holbrook was able to give up his day job and run North Easton Machine as a full-time business.Over the many years since, the building that houses North Easton Machine has expanded on a parcel of land just behind the garage on Elm Street.  

Jon concluded by introducing and  thanking several former employees, who worked alongside his father, and then invited the entire current staff to join him at the front of the hall to express his appreciation for their daily contributions to the success of North Easton Machine.The night was filled with warm memories about the business as attendees got the chance to mingle and talk throughout the event.The night concluded with Jon cutting into a cake created by Montilios Bakery, replicating a machine used in the shop. 

Photos from the Celebration