Founded in 2005, on the philosophy of offering metal fabrication companies the best, cutting edge solutions and processes, with the best equipment to help them grow and prosper in an ever-changing environment. The two partners, Don Patterson, and Mitch Brown, have a combined 49 years of machine tool sales experience, the last 13 years (each) as partners in Black Rock Machinery.
Meet the Owners
Prior to founding Black Rock Machinery, he worked in the Wichita aerospace metal fabrication market for 15 years, starting with Boeing in 1987 (working on 757 major assembly) and then into the job shop world, ending his production career as Director of Engineering and Manufacturing for a large job shop ($ 28,000,000 in annual sales), before stepping into sales with a major machine tool distributor.
Prior to founding Black Rock Machinery, he worked as a distributor based, Machine Tool Sales Engineer for almost 20 years, selling the full gambit of metalworking machine tools, including both metal fabrication machinery as well as “chip” machinery (CNC milling and turning, grinding, etc.) Graduating in 1982 from Kansas State University with a BS in Milling Science, he worked in Production Management and Project Engineering for large, multinational corporations, before stepping into machine tool sales in 1985.