BRISTOL - Since 1945, Arthur G. Russell Company has stood behind what they sell, delivered what they promised to deliver and lived up to their commitments, says CEO Bob Ensminger.
Arthur G. Russell Company, located at 750 Clark Ave. was founded shortly after World War II by Arthur Russell, who Ensminger said was involved in the war effort and worked as an engineer for the government.
“After the war, he took three of his brightest co-workers and decided to start his own business,” said Ensminger.
The company began as a consultant that did the engineering behind a wide array of products, but, Ensminger said that there was increasing demand for those designs to be turned into physical hardware. Thus, by the late 40s, the company had found itself manufacturing a range of automotive, electronics and medical devices.
Ensminger, who is the third owner of the company, first started working there in 1979.
“When I came on-board I started looking at where our skill level was the greatest,” he said. “We found that we had the biggest market and were most successful in medical devices so during the 1980s we made a conscious effort to make that the focus of our business.”
David Aquilino, manager at the Arthur G. Russell Company, said that the 100,000-square-foot manufacturing space produces mostly what is known in the medical industry as “sharps” - from needles for diabetics to catheters, as well as test tubes and other disposable equipment. Aquilino said that the company is “booked solid” on orders for the next couple years.
Ensminger said that he is proud to carry on the legacy of the Arthur G. Russell Company.
“Over the years a lot of people have asked how we’ve come to be successful,” he said. “I think it is because we live by the golden rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you). We treat our employees and our customers fairly and we have some incredibly skilled and brilliant people on staff.”
Arthur G. Russell Company has apprenticeship programs for its machine shop and its electricians. Younger workers are brought in to learn from employee mentors who may be getting ready to retire. This, Ensminger said, ensures that the talent pool is replenished.
The Arthur G. Russell Company also supports numerous local charitable organizations. For five years, they have offered a space for the local robotics team, Operation PEACCE Robotics, to build and test their robots for competitions.
“We do this because we want to encourage people to become involved in engineering sciences and move into the trades,” said Ensminger. “We have two interns on board now who got their start with the FIRST robotics program.”
For more information on Arthur G. Russell Company, call 860-583-4109 or visit arthurgrussell.com.