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HORIZON MACHINE AND DESIGN HISTORY


Horizon Machine and Design Inc. is a family owned and operated business. Started in 1993, Horizon began in Kim Giebelhaus' garage with a used lathe and mill drill, and has steadily grown since. Horizon became incorporated in 1995 and purchased their first CNC in 1997. Within a year, a new shop was built and a second CNC was added to the production line. In 2000, Horizon moved to their current location. At the time, the 3,000 square foot building housed the two CNC’s and a new CNC 4-axis mill. The shop has since expanded three times, growing to nearly 8000 square feet and boasting 10 CNCs.

 

Over the years, Horizon has seen a shift in their work. Initially, its primary focus included short runs, prototypes or designing and fabricating machinery to automate customer’s processes. Though Horizon still does this to some degree, the added CNC equipment has allowed Horizon to move more toward production machining.


Kim Giebelhaus, Founder


Kim's machining career started when he was just a teenager. His father owned an ironworks shop with a small lathe. Kim spent many hours on the lathe after school, and continued his education through the machining program offered at his high school. He became a journeyman machinist by the age of 21, apprenticing at Redwater Machine where he gained much experience in valve manufacturing and repair. After a few years, he returned to NAIT for the Mechanical Engineering Technologist program. Following graduation, Kim began a career designing valves. By 1993, he was self-employed, contracting his services in both machining and design. In 1997, he was given the opportunity to teach part time in the Mechanical Engineering Program at NAIT. The following year, he was offered a full time teaching position, but chose instead to concentrate on developing Horizon Machine & Design Inc.


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