Our History

Custom Technologies was founded in 1997 in Farmington, Missouri.  Our creation was deeply rooted in the manufacturing knowledge and hands-on experience of our founder, Ellen Mell.  Prior to the founding of the company, she and her family had years of prior manufacturing experience as owners of a specialized foundry, mold shop, and machine shop.   In those early years, we marketed ourselves as “Engineering and Manufacturing Specialists”.

Unlike most other companies who provide technical consulting services, Custom Technologies has always been focused on providing real products and real results – not just theory and advice.  Prototypes, castings, models, injection molds, and customized jigs and fixtures were all physical products of the business from the very beginning.

Like many startups, the Company’s first location was in the garage of the founder’s home.  Some of the earliest projects were full-scale models of commercial waterslides.  The greatest challenge in the early years was making sure the finished product could fit through the garage doors for shipping!

Over the years, the Company’s expertise quickly grew to encompass customized automation machinery and full-scale product development and manufacturing services.  We now provide a single USA-based source for everything from simple molded parts to complex products and automation machinery.

Today, Custom Tech’s mission really hasn’t changed.  We like to make things, and we like to help other people make things.  Furthermore, our entire team is dedicated to continuously proving that Made-in-the-USA is the most powerful choice a company can make for its manufacturing needs.

A Note from Our Founder

With so much manufacturing being moved overseas in the past few decades, today’s engineers and inventors are often deprived from learning hands-on methods of manufacture.  They simply haven’t been exposed to production processes the way people were a generation ago.  We’ve seen a trend where today’s inventors need a helping hand with getting their ideas from concept to reality.   We have that manufacturing knowledge, and we can give today’s engineers and inventors that helping hand.  Our team has collectively spent over a century amassing the breadth and depth of manufacturing and automation knowledge we possess today.  We know how things got made back in the ‘good old days’, and we consider ourselves important caretakers of that history.  We also know how to leverage that history to optimize today’s cutting-edge manufacturing methods.  We personally know the growing pains of starting a company and/or launching a new product. So, we take a very practical approach to how we provide assistance at each stage of the development process.  And for established companies, we give them a fresh look at their tried-and-true processes to ensure they are still using best practices with modern advantages.

Ellen Mell, Founder and CEO