Made in America: CNC Machines Levels the Playing Field for American Manufacturers

Curt Doherty and Rodney Lamb at CNC Machines
Curt Doherty channeled his entrepreneurial spirit in high school when he opened a landscaping business at the ripe age of 16. A natural trailblazer himself, Curt has always been passionate about small businesses and American ingenuity. During his career in the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine industry, Curt recognized a pressing need in the manufacturing world: the cost of CNC machines renders them inaccessible for many business owners.

Armed with a unique skillset and a robust business plan, Curt set out on his own to establish his company, CNC Machines. While the intricacies surrounding CNC machines are complex, Curt’s mission for his business is quite simple: help other self-starters grow the American manufacturing industry.
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A Catalyst for American Ingenuity

CNCs elevate manufacturing by marrying modern technology with automation and precision to execute a myriad of tasks including cutting, milling, and shaping various materials. After spending more than 20 years selling CNC machines, Curt knew he could leverage his expertise to bridge the gap between native businesses and international suppliers. He was determined to enable companies of all sizes to build their own materials without the need for foreign outsourcing.

To do this, Curt developed a business model where he would buy used CNC machines, use his knowledge and skillset to refurbish the machines, and then resell them to American businessowners at an affordable price. By adopting this model, the company would make CNC machines more accessible while fostering growth, innovation, and competitiveness in the American manufacturing landscape.

An Alliance Built to Withstand

In 2014, Curt was determined to bring his business idea to fruition. While he was considering his existing relationships with other banks, a close friend recommended he meet with John Wayne, SouthState Relationship Manager. While Curt was adamant about keeping his options open, he agreed to meet with John – little did he know, this introduction would be the start of an unwavering partnership.

SouthState granted Curt a substantial $400,000 Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to jumpstart his business operations, ensuring ample working capital and providing seamless payment operations to accelerate business growth.

“Ultimately, we chose SouthState because they got it done,” Curt says. “SouthState told us exactly what they were willing to do to help us. That made it an easy decision.”

Throughout the CNC Machines and SouthState partnership, Curt's business has successfully weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, safeguarded themselves against business fraud using Treasury Management systems, and created their widely-known Price Guide – recognized as the 'blue book for manufacturers.' Additionally, holds the distinction of being the most highly trafficked website in the United States for CNC Machines, offering a one-stop-shop for those actively seeking to buy and sell CNCs. Positioned as the ultimate destination for all things CNC-related, CNC Machines has solidified its reputation as the go-to platform in the industry.

In a highly competitive sector, CNC Machines has emerged as an industry leader. Their commitment to excellence, integrity, and customer satisfaction has earned them a stellar reputation in the manufacturing community.

The Blueprint for the Future

Curt envisions a bright future for CNC Machines, and with that vision comes the desire to strengthen their partnership with SouthState. Their plans include increasing their credit line to accommodate a larger inventory and financing the anticipated warehouse expansion slated for next year. The company has outgrown its current 12,000 square foot facility, and doubling their space is a top priority. Amidst the pursuit of other ventures, Curt remains confident in SouthState's unwavering support to help achieve their ambitious goals.

“SouthState makes it really easy to do business with them,” Curt says. “From Treasury Management to Positive Pay to Lending, we’ve found it to be a great partnership overtime and look forward to the future.”

CNC Machines' commitment to American manufacturing goes beyond their own success. They have been actively involved in revitalizing the industry and empowering businesses across the nation. By providing affordable CNC machines, CNC Machines has helped small and medium-sized businesses realize their dreams of automation, efficiency, and productivity. This has, in turn, contributed to the overall growth and competitiveness of the American manufacturing sector.

Together, CNC Machines and SouthState Bank have been champions of American manufacturing, bringing dreams to life and redefining what's possible. If you’re looking to unlock the potential of your business, contact a SouthState Business Banker today.

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