The Buhr Machine Tool Company made machine tools to build auto parts. It was acquired by the Bendix Company in 1968 for about $17 million, and the plant was closed in about 1976.

A factory was located at 839 Greene Street in Ann Arbor.

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In 1957, Hutchins graduated from the University of Michigan, College of Engineering, with a BSE in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics. As a young engineer in 1959, he was working at Buhr Machine Tool Co., Ann Arbor, Mich., when his boss called him to his office. “Chuck,” he said, “there is something happening in our industry called Numerical Control. I don’t know how it will affect us, but I’d like you to learn more about it and let’s see where that takes us.”