About Us

Northern Manufacturing is a precision fabricator of custom sheet metal parts and assemblies. Northern specializes in precision stainless steel fabrications including all stainless steel alloys. You will find Northern produced parts in numerous applications and industries throughout the world.

Our History

  • C. Nelson Mfg. Founded

    First Mechanically Refrigerated Ice Cream Cabinet

  • Northern Manufacturing Founded

  • Ice Skeeter

  • Purchase by James Smith

    When J.D. Smith purchased the company in 1975, Northern only had 8 employees and $250,000 in revenue. We have since grown substantially, utilizing our experience, value added engineering services, and advanced technology to develop solid customer relationships.

  • Purchase First Plasma Punch

  • CNC Programming - Custom Computer

    Northern programmed and designed a system to produce graph drawings automatically. The computer tapes were then fed into CNC Machines to cut metal parts.

  • First Quality Award - CAP Palque and Flag

    Jim Smith was awarded the US Department of Defense CAP Awarrd for Excellent Quality Assurance. The government contract was a key project in the early years of Northern's growth.

  • Versagage

    Northern developed a quality measurement tool called the Versagage. The VersaGage® allows metal fabricators to quickly measure various dimensions with an amazing level of precision. It was developed internally as Northern was looking for innovated quality solutions to obtain the Ford Q1 certification. The result, the 1st generation VersaGage®, not only helped attain Ford Q1 certification, but was heralded as a quantum leap in measuring technology by the Ford certification team. Northern Manufacturing applied for and received United States patents on the VersaGage® and proudly brought it to the market in 1992. The Versagage subsequently was named runner up for product of the year by Metlfax Magazine.

  • 3D CAD Modeling

  • C. Nelson Spun Off

    C. Nelson is purchased by Kelley Smith, son of Jim Smith, and moved into a seperate facility.

  • Purchased by Quintin Smith