Veteran Owned: Growing A Business with Center Machine Inc.

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Jayar Kindsvogel, Owner

Center Machine Inc is a machine repair company specializing in welding and industrial equipment repair. While Center Machine Inc has grown into a successful company over the last three decades, a recent change within the company places a new leader at the forefront.

Jayar Kindsvogel worked for Center Machine Inc for seven years before he decided that it was time to take the next step in the world of business by becoming the owner. Jayar shared with us his time in service for the country, his new world of business ownership and more in this Veteran-owned business feature.

What branch did you serve in?

I was a Crew Chief on the F-15E Strike Eagle and F-22 Raptor. I’ve completed inspections, maintenance, launch and recovery and was a Quality Maintenance Inspector on the aircraft for 15 years.

Tell me a bit about Center Machine Inc.

The business was first started by Rick Henke and Todd Bornemann in 1984. Over the years, Center Machine Inc has expanded and travels to Minot, Williston, Wilton, Hazen, Washburn, Beulah, Bismarck, Mandan, New Salem and numerous other places throughout ND to repair agriculture, power plant and mining equipment. I recently bought Center Machine Inc on October 25, 2022.

What does a normal day on the job look like for you?

In my new position as owner, my average day consists of a lot of phone calls, helping customers and getting the employees on the right jobs and tasks. I also order parts and give guidance on the repairs that come into our shop.

What were your friend’s and family’s reactions when you told them you were pursuing service, and what was their reaction when you told them about Center Machine Inc?

For the service aspect, they were excited and very supportive. When I told them about the business they were all excited to see what will come with the plans I have to better and possibly expand the company

What do you remember about your first days in service?

I didn’t know exactly what to think when enlisting in service. When I left for service, it was my first time away from home in North Dakota. However, I remembered that I had a job to do and I did it. I sure loved working on the F-15 Strike Eagle, the greatest Fighter Jet in the Air Force.

What do you remember about your first days when taking over Center Machine Inc?

Since Center Machine Inc has been around for almost four full decades, I was only nervous because I have to pay the bills now!

How has your service experience changed your business mindset?

My time in service taught me proper motivation and benchmark standards. We want to get a job done as fast as possible, but we’re also focused on getting it done to our liking and high standards.

What makes the Bismarck-Mandan area so desirable for a business like yours?

The business’ location is great, as people in the area have service needs that we’ve been able to help with. The location is also great with the coal mines, power plants and agriculture around the area.

What does being a veteran symbolize to you?

Being a Veteran, to me, symbolizes honor, integrity and quality in all aspects of life.

Who are your biggest mentors to whom you can attribute some of your successes?

Encouragement motivates me to do the best that I possibly can, both in and out of the business. Furthermore, my grandfather, Ernest Seeman, has always shown me that hard work pays off.

Lastly, my uncle, Jeff Muth, showed me a “never quit” work ethic that always inspired me. He also got me into the trades by letting me work on his race car. Those three people have some of the hardest work ethics out of anyone I know. They showed me that if you want something, you have to go after it and not stop until you achieve your goal.

What advice do you have for business owners who are just beginning their endeavors?

One of the biggest pieces of advice that I’ve learned is that it’s important to get your business name out there through your quality of work. I have found that this is one of the best ways to advertise your business and the work that you offer to the community.

What is something that you wish more people knew about Center Machine Inc?

One of the interesting things that we do is called “Line Boring.” Line boring is where we take worn-out pin holes on equipment, weld them up and bore them to factory size with our machine so that the customer can install the factory-size pin and bushings. This can save a customer thousands of dollars by not having to buy a whole new loader or other pieces of equipment.

I’m proud to say that as of October 25, 2022, Center Machine Inc is not only a locally-owned business, but also a Veteran-owned company.”

– Jayar Kindsvogel

With Center Machine Inc under new ownership from Kindsvogel, the business is bound to grow and excel under the benchmarks and standards of Kindsvogel’s Veterangrown work ethic and ownership for even more successful years to come ahead.

Center Machine Inc

Support Center Machine Inc:
Phone: (701) 794-8765
Email: [email protected]
Address: 303 Jennings Ave Center, ND 58530