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Kinetic History

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Kurt Manufacturing got its start in the cycling industry when it began manufacturing the trainer frames for a competitor. The competitor went bankrupt in 1999. Stuck with a great deal of inventory and tooling and armed with the knowledge about leaking resistance units, Kurt decided to apply its precision manufacturing expertise to build bike trainers. The result was a design so innovative it was awarded a patent for its leak proof fluid resistance unit.

Learn more about the design and engineering of the fluid trainer under Tips and Tech Info.


Kurt ManufacturingKurt Manufacturing Mission Statement

By performing beyond expectations our customers are loyal, our employees are rewarded with expanded opportunities, the corporation is strengthened by profitable growth, and leadership is achieved

Quality Policy

Kurt Manufacturing is committed to customer satisfaction through continuous improvement.

History of Kurt Manufacturing

  • 1947 - Founded by Kurt Kuban, father of current president and owner Bill Kuban
  • 1950's - Introduction of the "Kurt Vise", the industry leader in precision workholding solutions
  • 1960's - Kurt Manufacturing is positioned as a major supplier to the burgeoning disk drive industry and other high tech industries
  • 1970's- Kurt's success with business partner relationships helped to make Kurt into an industry leader in contract manufacturing
  • 1980's - As part of a vertical integration strategy, acquisition of several businesses complementing the existing corporate capabilities - acquisitions include:
    • Two screw machine facilities; one in Minneapolis, MN and one in Lyman, NE
    • Summit Gear - a precision gear manufacturer in Minneapolis, MN
    • Strite Anderson - an aluminum die cast facility in Fridley, MN
  • 1987 - Kurt opened a second precision machining facility in Pueblo, CO in support of Colorado's high tech industry, with the addition of impact extruding as a new capability
  • 1990's - Kurt Manufacturing's quality journey continued through implementation of the following processes which are the basis for our current quality policy:

Quality Programs

Basic SPC AWAIR APQP
Advanced SPC Kaizen PPAP
Design of Experiments 5 S Program PFEMA
Team Training 6 Sigma FEMA
Quality Manual JIT NADCAP
Gage R & R Cellular Manufacturing  
AS 9100 B ISO 9000-2001 and QS 9000 ( Pueblo Plant only)
  • 1986 - Kurt introduces the Kurt Check, an SPC software and hardware package. Kurt Electronics is the premier custom manufacturer of SPC data collection systems, modular gaging systems and inline gaging systems.
  • 1996 - Dyna Fab (tube bending) and Theradyne Healthcare were acquired to further expand into the healthcare market
  • 1998 - Development of Kurt Kinetic Trainer
  • 2003 - Development of Kurt Hydraulics
  • 2003 - Development of Kurt Chipmunk
  • 2004- Manufacturing partner for Delta Hawk