Teton Hosts CWI Machine Tool Technology Group

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Teton Machine Company was born in the early 1950s in the basement of a house in Jackson, Wyoming.  Although I wasn’t there, I’m sure despite working conditions including smoke, oil, sawdust (to soak up the oil) and equipment with exposed mechanisms, potential employees were plentiful.  The fifties were a prosperous time in America but a manufacturing job was still in high demand.

Times have changed.  Teton is located in a brand new facility in Payette, Idaho.  Smoking is not allowed in the building.  Machine tools are equipped with technology to capture any airborne liquids and safeguards to make sure no one is exposed to operating tools.  The building is spacious, well-lit and controlled to an ideal temperature in both the summer and winter. Instead of manufacturing simple turned parts on cam operated screw machines we’re producing complex aerospace, medical device and other cutting edge industry parts with an AS9100 / ISO 9001 certified quality system.  Finding the right employees has become much more difficult.

Recently Teton had the honor of hosting the Machine Tool Technology group from the College of Western Idaho.  Payette Idaho machine shopHosting these students provided them the opportunity to observe what they’re studying in practical application.  It also gave Teton the opportunity to meet them and learn more about their aspirations and career vision. It’s a valuable opportunity for both.

Teton is proud to offer competitive wages with added incentive pay, a very comprehensive benefits package including a 401(k) program with a generous match and accumulation of wealth in the form of company stock through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan.  Through ESOP every employee accumulates company stock in additional to their wages and benefits.  The program works in much the same way as a typical 401(k) plan including a probationary period and vesting schedule.  Teton Machine Company in IdahoFor people of my “vintage” health insurance and retirement security are hot topics. I’m not sure the message resonates as well with the student population.

The students at CWI represent the future of manufacturing in America.  Keeping American manufacturing competitive on the world stage will require continuous innovation and improvement.  Teton has changed dramatically in the last fifty years. The potential for the next fifty years is limited only by our imaginations.

Jim Franklin

Located in Payette, Idaho, Teton Machine provides a wide range of precision machining services for leading companies across the United States. As an employee-owned company, all of us have a vested interest in providing the highest quality service in our industry. Companies who work with us recognize and appreciate this commitment, which has played a major role in our ongoing growth. 

Whether you need CNC milling, CNC turning, Swiss machining, product consulting, or are unsure what machining process best suits you, we’d love to hear from you. We know and understand manufacturing, and will be happy to share our industry knowledge with you.


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