Nolting Manufacturing Relocates To New Iowa Facility
Team Nolting Continues Tradition Of Excellence In Design, Craftsmanship
Dan Terril, president of Nolting Manufacturing
Nolting Manufacturing, which is known worldwide for bringing you the
original hand guided quilting machine, is proud to announce it will continue
its tradition of providing excellent customer service, now from a new
Since November of 2001, Nolting has been settling into its new home at 1265
Hawkeye Drive, Hiawatha, IA. According to Dan Terrill, owner and company
president, the new facility is 12,000 square feet, an estimated 20 to 25
percent larger than the previous plant in Stover, MO.
"Nolting Manufacturing has been in business for over 17 years," Terrill
Sharing the company history, Terrill continued, "Fred Nolting created the
modern longarm quilting machine in the 1970s. In 1984, he began to produce
longarm machines for private label distributors. In 1990, Fred began to sell
the quilting machines direct to customers as Nolting Manufacturing. In April
of 2001, Fred was ready to retire and was looking for a buyer. I crossed
paths with the opportunity, and it's been a whirlwind ever since."
After the business changed hands, Terrill continued operations in Stover,
MO, for a short period and then prepared for the move of the factory.
Relocating Nolting took one week, and Terrill incorporated many changes and
improvements to the company at the same time.
Nolting Manufacturing Operations Manager Gordon Grant
"We have changed everything except the quality, the strength, and durability
of the machines," he explained. "We've changed everything else for the
better. We were known for our customer service already, and we've improved
it. Consistency in our product was a little wary, so we've taken some steps
to help make the machines more consistent, more predictable. We've also
adjusted pricing; some increased, some decreased."
Additional changes on the venue include improving the manuals for the
machines, making videos to accompany their products, and improving the
company Web site, www.nolting.com.
"We intend to do better with the technical aspects of the business," Terrill
shared. "Our Web site is better now than it ever was, but we still have a
long way to go."
There are now defined departments at Nolting Manufacturing, which include
the machine shop (where the hard goods are manufactured), the paint room,
table assembly department, machine assembly department, and the showroom.
The products Nolting offers include longarm machines, a new stationery
machine, called the Quilting Bee, support parts, and accessories such as
batting, threads, fabric, extra wide fabric, and patterns.
While some of the Nolting employees chose to relocate with the company,
others did not; therefore, new workers are still in the process of training
and learning the blueprints, etc. Terrill himself has a background of 16
years experience working in the steel and metals fabrication industry. He
stated he has wanted to do his own thing for a long time, and that is what
has brought him to where he is today.
"I found an opportunity and I took it," said Terrill. "I think the quilting
industry is in a good place right now. I think the longarm machines have a
long life ahead of them, and I believe good things are before us."
As with any business endeavor, there are challenges that Terrill faces and
rewards that make it all worthwhile. Terrill said his challenges, however,
have all been "self inflicted."
"I've set goals that are close and high. I want to increase sales, increase
quality, and make product changes, and we've started to do all that - fast.
In 2002, I want to continue to meet these goals and do even more."
Seeing satisfied customers and being able to meet customers' goals is what
makes the Nolting Team a success.
Terrill shared, "The response we've received from our customers about how we
are doing is rewarding. When we are successful and can help someone over the
phone, that is nice to hear. It's fun when customers get excited. They can
go from the peak of frustration to the peak of happiness in just a short
Terrill noted that it is these same customers who drive his company.
"We grow as the customers demand," he said. "They provide us with the ideas,
and we provide the products. That's what we are all about."
To this day, Nolting Manufacturing longarm quilting machines are recognized
for their superior, strong, and yet simple design. Terrill said he plans to
continue the tradition of excellence in design and craftsmanship that are
the trademarks of Nolting machines.
"We will strive for further innovation and increased presence in the
industry," he stated. "I want this company to be where it belongs, and that'
s number one! It's a long term goal. I want to move it from the best kept
secret to where it should be and that's the best known longarm quilting
For more information about becoming a Nolting dealer, call 1-319-378-0999;
e-mail email@example.com; or visit its Web site, www.nolting.com.
Nolting Quilting Machines is the originator of the longarm quilting machine. Nolting offers new longarm quilting machines for professional quilters and quilters who quilt as a hobby. We also accept Gammill, APQS, KenQuilt, Tin Lizzie, Innova, Voyager 17, A-1, Design a Quilt, Nustyle, New Joy, Penny Winkle, Prodigy and HandiQuilter machines for trade-in. We also sell used Gammill, APQS, KenQuilt, Tin Lizzie, Innova, Voyager 17, A-1, Design a Quilt, Nustyle, New Joy, Penny Winkle, Prodigy and HandiQuilter machines.