OREGON COUNTY -- Alton is home to Central Ozark Machine Inc., a unique family owned manufacturing company with international customers. Owner Jerry Sisco, his wife, Juanita, and son Chet, operate the company that provides low cost, high quality, highly complex and low volume machine parts to the aircraft and aerospace industries.
This past February, the Siscos' diligence, talent and excellent management was rewarded with the 2004 Celebration of Excellence in Business Award from the University of Missouri's Business Development Program at the program's annual meeting in Jefferson City. The company was also honored with a statewide recognition for the best use of Business Development Program resources, a process that was presented by Mills Mushrush, University of Missouri business and industry specialist in Howell County.
The program includes services supplied by the Missouri Small Business and Industry Program. Central Ozark Machine worked with a staff from a variety of Business Development Program initiatives in achieving its most recent success.
Central Ozark manufactures parts for the airline and aerospace industries. Manufactured to exacting specifications from exotic metals and high tech plastics, the parts are included in the designs of dozens of military aircraft, including the Harrier, B1 Bomber, F18 and F4 fighters. The company even has a part on the international space station. A University Extension official said, "In a time of economic downturn which has been closing many machine shops throughout the state, Sisco's persistence, diligence in seeking resources and developing new markets, and hard work have continued to ensure the success of Central Ozark Machine," they said.
Working with Mushrush and University of Missouri-Rolla professor John Amos, Sisco conceived Central Collaborative Technology Enterprises, a not-for-profit organization that brings successful small and medium sized Boeing supplies together to supply the industry giant with total integrated parts.
Mushrush nominated the company for the award in 2003. The Business Development Program presents the awards annually to recognize outstanding achievement in business management throughout the state.