Machine Company Moving to Nevada County from the Moon

Russ Steele

Well not exactly, but then you would never know from this article in The Union.

The Nevada County Economic Resource Council announced Tuesday that Crosswind Machining, Inc. has signed a long-term lease for a 4,500 square foot building in Grass Valley.


The company presently has five employees and plans to expand the workforce with the move to Nevada County, where it will mainly manufacture for original equipment manufacturers across the country and around the globe.

Crosswind is morving from Santa Clara to Nevada County. This seems to be some important information, they could have been coming from out of state or the Moon.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

5 Responses to Machine Company Moving to Nevada County from the Moon

  1. Bob says:

    This is what is traditionally referred to as a “screw machine” operation. These type machines have evolved into what is now a “mill turn” machine. Computer controls have given birth to new types of machines that can include capabilities of a combination of other machines that were dedicated to a more limited type of operation in the past. The main difference between this type of operation and a more general production machining operation is that the parts are typically small round parts. Perhaps not normally being any larger than one inch in diameter or perhaps even smaller. I can’t find and size specifications on their site. 4,500 feet and five employees would be small to low end mid-sized for this industry. But that doesn’t deter from the value of this business. It is a manufacturing business in its purest form and should be regarded as an asset to a community and even for that matter a State or country. This is where REAL economic benefit originates, especially if they can contribute to exports in any way. Good luck to them and congratulations to all of us in this county.

    • Russ says:


      Thanks for the insight. Would they have local customers that could use their products? Or, will they be shipping all products out of the County?

  2. stevefrisch says:

    I wish them good luck as well. This is one of the types of businesses we need to attract.

    Now, I wonder what possessed them to move the Nevada County instead of say Nevada or Texas?

    Could it be that their market is in California, the 7th largest economy in the world with a population of 38 million people?

  3. RL Crabb says:

    I suppose it was a trade off. Manufacturing is no doubt easier in one-sixth the gravity of earth, but the air here is a lot better.

  4. Bob says:

    Russ, I don’t know who their customer base is right now but being a so called “job shop” I am sure they will be available for local customers. I would bet that they would be cooperative in answering questions like what percentage of your shipments go outside the State and outside the Country. They would probably just object to mentioning just who their customers were. This type of business is very competitive and they wouldn’t appreciate increasing the number of competitors they were quoting against.

    There are many reasons why this type of business is of such great value. Being local and accessible to other local businesses is just one. This is a component of a manufacturing infrastructure base. Manufacturing requires an infrastructure of other related supporting businesses. The more accessible they are the more efficient the whole industry is.

    The most beneficial aspect of this type of business can be summed up very easily. The conversion of raw material into value added product that is sold outside the County, State or Country with the resultant funds coming into the community and then being distributed around the community several times. This as opposed to businesses that take in existing local funds and redistributing them.

    When we figure out how to get this concept across to enough people, both elected and voters, then you will see this economy take off. I don’t understand what is so difficult to understand:

    Raw material is mining and agriculture.

    Value added is labor.

    Stop screwing with mining and agriculture.

    Stop encouraging increased labor costs.

    Result, prosperity.

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