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Needle pointed in the right direction

Three years ago, Cathryn Bothe, president and majority owner of Bothe Associates Inc., came up with an idea that would transform the Kenosha-based precision machine tool shop founded in 1950.

Bothe Associates, with 32 employees, produces surgical tools, components for hydraulics, pieces used in railroad tracks, manifold blocks, stems and seats used in flow controls, and many other machined products.

“In the job shop business, there’s always the blessing of abundance or the curse of not enough work,” said Kent Werner, chief executive officer of Bothe Associates. “My dad (Werner Bothe, founder of Bothe Associates) spent part of his time looking for something compatible because if you build a product you can at least build inventory. It was a quest for him. He came close a couple of times but never was able to put it together.”

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