North Star Fabrication and Machine grew out of the prosperity of the Douglas County lumber boom in the early 1980’s when Jim Denny partnered to work with Norm Stone. From those early years producing for various customers, operations grew and relocated several times before landing on Calapooia Street in Sutherlin, Oregon. Standard projects included asphalt production components, control van systems for on-site operations management, various logging equipment, and large format wastewater treatment components.

In the mid 1990’s North Star Fabrication and Machine was officially born. Enjoying fantastic growth in material handling machinery design and production, North Star made a footprint in the material specialized production equipment of several industries until economic changes hit the country.

From those humble beginnings and through tougher times, North Star has been focused on one core value – precision. Precision in production, manufacturing and customer service.


At North Star, we take being precise very seriously. And, precision manifests in ways that most people might not consider. Obviously, precision in the manufactured product is paramount – we can hold tolerances! But consider precision in relationships – anticipating best outcomes, treating our customers like family, creating partnerships from strength to advance mutual success.

Precision is our philosophy, beyond just our practice.