Northern Manufacturing Co

Northern Manufacturing Co

150 N Lake Winds Pkwy, Oak Harbor, OH 43449, United States

AboutNorthern Manufacturing Co

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

  • 1898

C. Nelson Mfg. Founded

First Mechanically Refrigerated Ice Cream Cabinet

  • 1951

Northern Manufacturing Founded

  • 1960

Ice Skeeter

  • 1975

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.

  • 1979

Purchase First Plasma Punch

  • 1982

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.

  • 1982

First Quality Award - CAP Plaque And Flag

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

  • 1990


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.

  • 1997

3D CAD Modeling

  • 1996

C. Nelson Spun Off

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

  • 2001

Purchased by Quintin Smith