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Elm Ridge Mfg. is Family Owned and Operated

We're glad you stopped by elmridgemfg.com. While you're here, take a minute to look around and see what we're all about. You'll find detailed information about our equipment, our history, and how we are involved with the community. 


Our History

Elm Ridge Manufacturing began in 1979 in Gaston, OR at the home of Bill and ClaraLee Esther. Originally located in the 30' x 34' shop built by Bill and his wife behind their farmhouse, and located just yards from a century-old elm tree from which the business got its name. 
In 1979, Bill began with just two machines; a Bridgeport mill and a lathe. In July of 2009, we began construction on our very own 40' x 60' two story shop and office building. Now, 34 years from our humble beginnings, we are in a modern, cutting edge, fully-equipped shop building located at the Independence State Airport in Independence, OR (7S5).


Bill and ClaraLee headshot

Bill and ClaraLee Esther

Bill and ClaraLee are the husband and wife owners of Elm Ridge Mfg. Together, they have seen the company through since its beginnings. Bill and ClaraLee have been married for nearly 40 years, much of it spent as business partners.
Bill has been a machinist all his life, beginning his career in the Air Force. He has worked for some of the biggest companies in the NW, such as Adec, Tektronix, and Chevron Research. His skills as a mold maker, designer, and machinist are well-honed. Bill takes pride in every single part he makes.

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Andrew Esther

Andrew, Bill and ClaraLee's son, serves as the office manager since he joined the company in 2008.

The 2nd generation of Esthers to be a part of the company, Andrew currently runs the back end of Elm Ridge, doing everything from payroll to writing checks. He is also heading up our new 3D Printing services.


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Elijah Esther

Elijah, Bill's grandson, is an integral part of our team.
He often runs our Haas machining center and is currently going to school for machining technology. He is the 3rd generation of our family to work at Elm Ridge.







Carr Precision


Located in Salem, OR, Carr Precision is a locally-owned business with which we partner on a regular basis. Mr. Carr offers machining services in sizes much larger than our capacity, and we often refer our customers who may have the need for over-sized machining services to Carr Precision. We feel you will be more than satisfied with Carr Precision and their care and attention to detail.