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About Us

TIMRON PRECISION GEAR was founded 1989 by Ron Fritz and Tim Corpe. The partners had been VPs at Summit Gear, Inc.—a recognized supplier of aerospace products and computer hardware to companies such as Boeing. When Summit’s focus shifted away from the aerospace gear-related business and into general manufacturing, Ron and Tim saw a void to be filled. They rolled up their sleeves and dived into the small business world because they were dedicated to providing excellent quality and competitive pricing specifically to the precision aerospace industries. Though they had no facilities, machines, employees or even customers, they did have a goal! So they rented a 4,000 sq. ft. facility and hired 2 employees.

In 1993, Timron outgrew the original building and constructed a 15,000 sq. ft. facility in Elk River which opened in June of that year. In 2001, after 12 years of business, Ron and Tim handed the business off to the next generation. Kevin Corpe, Tim’s son; Jim Fritz, Ron’s son; and Jon Grunewald, Ron’s son-in-law purchased the business and assumed operational control.

Timron remains committed to the same ideals that Tim and Ron instilled at the very beginning — providing high quality and competitively priced gears targeted for the aerospace industry. Through capital investment in modern, industry-leading technology and equipment and employee training, Timron has continued to flourish. Timron has grown to 30 employees and has doubled their sales in the last 5 years.