The Story Behind Oneida Air Systems
Robert Whitter and Jeff Hill tell us how Oneida got started, how they create products, and why it's important to them to stay in Syracuse
Since 1993, Oneida Air Systems has been making industry-leading dust collection systems in their Syracuse, New York, factory. The company started when Robert and Rebecca Witter created a cyclone unit that was featured in an article, “Clearing The Air,” by Jim Lawton in Fine Woodworking issue #100 (Unlimited members can find it in the online archive here). Soon enough, the Witter’s home phone was ringing nonstop, and they knew that they were onto something big.
Twenty six years later, the company is still producing cutting-edge dust collection systems in the same factory, where each unit is built entirely in-house. While Robert and Rebecca are proud that they’ve been able to keep manufacturing in Syracuse, they’re especially proud that they’ve been able to do it while keeping costs competitive. All of this is possible because of their highly skilled craftspeople and lean manufacturing strategies.
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