Accraline was founded in 1968 making it a member of the ‘Half Century’ club. The late Richard Cormican built the business which is now managed and co-owned by his sons, Cris and Mark Cormican. Mark joined the company full time in 1976 and Cris in 1986.
Cris and Mark literally grew up learning the business. Cris remembers heading to the machine shop before dawn when he was in elementary school to help his dad dig holes for the foundation for a new boring mill.
He would sleep on the 40 minute drive from home to the shop because, ‘how many 9 year olds would look forward to that kind of work on a Saturday morning’? Everyone helped out in this family owned business. Cormican recalls his mother was keeping the books, filling in ledgers long hand and hanging Purchase Orders on ‘the board’.
‘My first real job was running a drill press for a penny per hole. Looking back, that was the best education a person could ask for,’ says Cormican, who later attended Franklin College of Indiana pursuing a degree in business administration.
Many things have changed over the years, including computerization of records and eliminating the ‘order board’, but the family owned company still maintains its core values as established by his parents. ‘We all do what it takes to provide the customer with a high quality product at a fair price’.
Team approach. Serve the customer. Commitment to quality. Treat all stakeholders fairly.
‘Dad and his business partner worked primarily for the local shops, doing the work they did not have the equipment to handle. They needed larger parts built. Seeing opportunity in this underserved portion of the market, Accraline sought to fill that niche by investing in LARGE capacity equipment’, explains Cris.
We still make components, tools and small fixtures, but today our customers are far larger than in those early years. We have grown in capability and capacity since then to make components for some Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Caterpillar, and Honeywell International, along with other OEM’s including SKF USA, Milacron, Minster, and Gardner Denver.
Examples of one-of-a-kind machining projects, custom tools and fixturing for massive parts include:
‘Different shops have different specialties
ours happens to be the ability to handle the largest components and projects,
thanks to the vision of my father, Richard.’
From its roots in a 3,000 square foot downtown storefront building, Accraline moved in 1974, expanding into a facility twice that size in the Industrial Park in Bremen, Indiana. Accraline secured additional real estate at that time for future expansion. Cormican says the company has expanded its facilities about every 10 years. ‘We added on to house new machinery; to allow for more volume and a wider range of capability’.
Accraline’s most recent expansion was adding a 7,000 sf builiding complete with 30 ton bridge cranes to house its new MVR40 5 sided bridge mill machine. This addition brings the total square footage to just over 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space at its Bremen location.
Expertise + Commitment to the customer + Large capacity niche = Secrets to longevity
The bottom line to staying in business over the long haul is based on sticking to your core values – having a strong work ethic, being financially conservative and desiring to provide the best possible service and quality to the customer.
‘When people have heard about you, or worked with you for over 40+ years, they know Accraline will do a good job and will call us when they have a large project or need. Those relationships and challenging projects keep the fire in the belly burning,’ says Cormican.
Half of a century and counting, Accraline has survived and thrived, when many competitors in the industry have not made it. We see the momentum building to bring work back from offshore and we intend to be a part of the ‘Built in the USA’ resurgence for years to come.