Pulaski County Kentucky Government

CMS “Camtech” ribbon cutting

Governor on hand for CMS ribbon cutting

Carla Slavey | CJ

Governor Matt Bevin, right, presents a gift to CMS founder Chris Daniels, center, and his wife, Maria, left, just before the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new CMS facility in Science Hill. The custom-built building represents the growth of an 8-year-old Pulaski business.

The new facility for a Pulaski-based business can be seen either as the embodiment of the American Dream — as declared by Governor Matt Bevin — or the next step for a business that was originally a gamble taken by an out-of-work farmer with a need to support his family — as explained by CMS founder Chris Daniels. It really depends on which side of the vision you’re on.

Daniels called the new facility for Camtech Manufacturing Solutions “a $2.8 million investment, designed specifically for Camtech.” Both the building and the business were on display for the public Monday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in honor of the eighth anniversary of CMS’s creation.

Daniels, originally a farmer from Science Hill, told the crowd of his experience of finding himself out of a job during the recession of 2008, after having managed a tool and die shop for 10 years.

“I didn’t have too many choices, but what I did have was a belief that I’d grown up with on the farm — that hard work would get me out of the hole I was in.”

That hard work has paid off in the expansion of a business that has grown to employ 20 people.

And the business hasn’t stopped growing, according to Bevin. “They’re already bursting at the seams. They’re already, literally, running out of capacity to continue to do what [Daniels’] dream led him to start eight years ago. That is the American Dream,” said Bevin.

CMS designs and builds robotics machinery used for automating assembly lines for other factories. It started out in a small building on Ky. 39, where they were creating machinery parts and components.

However, Daniels said the company needed more room, which led to the move to East Frog Hollow Road in Science Hill. This allows for more space and the ability to add the capability for designing and building fully integrated systems.

During Monday’s ceremony, Daniels credited his family, his company’s workers and thier customers for growing the business. Those customers, while mostly regional, can come from all over north America and include companies like Toyota, TOA Systems, Honda and Subaru.

“I think I said ‘thank you’ before, but today is the best opportunity to tell our customers how much we appreciate the confidence you’ve shown us. You drove our growth,” Daniels said.

As for his employees, he said, “I’m in the company of extraordinary people every day. We have grown Camtech to this point. … The problem with its success is that it leads to more customers, bigger jobs and higher ambitions.”

Later, he added, “Looking back from here, I can say we’ve come a long way very quickly — only eight years. But for a long time, every week was a matter of survival, and buying a set of wrenches was a big investment, paid off over months.

“From here, with our new plant and expanded workforce, we can set our goals higher and wider to provide the highest quality, most technologically advanced automated manufacturing systems in North America.”

Janie Slaven contributed to this article.