Watson Grinding & Manufacturing will celebrate its 55-year anniversary on Nov. 4, 2015. The company was founded on Nov. 4, 1960, by James L. Watson, as a small grinding shop in his home garage. Today, the company is located in more than 84,000 sq. ft. of facilities, which now include a full-scale machine shop offering specialty thermal spray coatings, and an on-site metallurgical coatings laboratory. The company currently employs more than 125 people.
Watson Grinding has always been a family business, and today the company is owned and operated by the founder’s son, John Watson; son-in-law, Bob White; and grandson, Jason White. Kelly Watson, granddaughter, joined the company in 2011. James Watson passed away on Nov. 28, 2014.