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    • ABOUT
    • 02.
    • FAMILY
    • 03.
    • BARNONE

ABOUT THE JOHNSTON MACHINE CO.

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The Johnston Machine Company is an inventive prototyping machine shop harnessing the industrial arts to serve the culinary arts. We design and prototype tools and equipment for professionals and serious amateurs. Most of the designs are our own, but we do reach out to collaborate with those in the culinary field to work jointly on innovations. Where possible, we develop patentable ideas and work to obtain patents. While our machine shop is small, we have the most advanced equipment and can quickly make prototypes and do short production runs.

We develop prototypes in the areas of eating utensils, kitchen utensils, motorized equipment, cooking equipment, quality control tools, coffee equipment, beer and wine production equipment. In addition to the culinary arts, we are working on ideas for urban agriculture and gardening.

Our company is quite small with just two professionals: Joe Johnston, head engineer, and Brandon Feils, head machinist. We do as much in-house design and fabrication as possible, while subcontracting specialties to local shops.

Johnston Machine Company has an annex called Final Assembly, in which products are assembled, tested and demonstrated. This space doubles as a place where seminars and brainstorming can take place.

    • 01.
    • ABOUT
    • 02.
    • FAMILY
    • 03.
    • BARNONE

THE JOHNSTON FAMILY

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Joe Johnston comes from a long line of engineers in the culinary equipment. His great-grandfather, Herbert L. Johnston, started Hobart Manufacturing Company in 1897 to adapt the electric motor to foodservice equipment, revolutionizing kitchen productivity. The firm also added a consumer line under the KitchenAid brand. With over 120 patents from the electric coffee grinder to mixers and dishwashers, he was a prolific inventor. He was also deeply involved with his community, Troy, Ohio.

His son, Edward S. Johnston, continued in engineering with Hobart and became the Vice-President of the company. Edward also was awarded a number of patents and helped set up Hobart and KitchenAid in South America. He also helped manage the firm during World War II, when production was changed to making wartime equipment. Hobart and KitchenAid remain to this day benchmarks of quality and US manufacturing in the culinary field.

THE JOHNSTON FAMILY

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Edward's son, James H. Johnston, preferred farming and bought a farm in Gilbert, Arizona in 1959. Jim grew the crops of the day: cotton, wheat, alfalfa, sugar beets, corn and more. In 1967, he moved his young family to the farm: wife, Virginia, and three boys -- Joe, Steve and Paul. While it started out as a very rural farm with dirt roads, by the 1980's, development approached.

Joe studied electrical and mechanical engineering at Stanford University and did engineering in electro-mechanical devices for seven years. He then started a chain of coffeehouses, The Coffee Plantation, which included coffee roasting. After selling these he was involved with opening three restaurants: Joe's Real BBQ, Joe's Farm Grill and Liberty Market, all in Gilbert. Joe remains a partner in each of these restaurants.

From 2000 onward, he's been developing Agritopia®, a planned community that has organic, urban farming at the center and a village around it, located on his family's farm. As a part of that community is Barnone, a craftsman community, which houses Johnston Machine Company.

    • 01.
    • ABOUT
    • 02.
    • FAMILY
    • 03.
    • BARNONE

BARNONE. A CRAFTSMAN COMMUNITY.

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Barnone, a craftsman community, began life as a large quonset hut style barn. Built in 1950 out of recycled aluminum from WWII aircraft, its original purpose was to store grain for a feedlot near the farm. Later, it became storage and a small part of it was used to support The Farm at Agritopia®, the organic urban farm.

The Johnston family decided a couple of years ago to convert it into a place where people who are intensely passionate and skilled in a craft could band together. The idea is to stay small and do the work yourself, not manage a bunch of people. We wanted an eclectic combination of crafts united in that thought.

The building is divided up into small spaces ranging from 250 square feet to 1,000 square feet. The crafts include two micro-restaurants, a nano-brewery, a woodworker, a salon, a florist, a high-end hunting rifle maker, a letterpress print shop and Johnston Machine Company. Two new buildings complete the project and they house a winery, a farm store and space for the farming operation.

Barnone opened late-November, 2016.

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    • ABOUT
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    • FAMILY
    • 03.
    • BARNONE

Reach Us Here for
Johnston Machine Co. Inquiries
INFO@JOHNSTONMACHINECO.COM

Reach Us Here to
Make Reservations at Final Assembly
RESERVATIONS@JOHNSTONMACHINECO.COM

Find us at Barnone
3000 E. Ray Rd.
Gilbert, Arizona 85296

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ABOUT THE JOHNSTON MACHINE CO.

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The Johnston Machine Company is an inventive prototyping machine shop harnessing the industrial arts to serve the culinary arts. We design and prototype tools and equipment for professionals and serious amateurs. Most of the designs are our own, but we do reach out to collaborate with those in the culinary field to work jointly on innovations. Where possible, we develop patentable ideas and work to obtain patents. While our machine shop is small, we have the most advanced equipment and can quickly make prototypes and do short production runs.

We develop prototypes in the areas of eating utensils, kitchen utensils, motorized equipment, cooking equipment, quality control tools, coffee equipment, beer and wine production equipment. In addition to the culinary arts, we are working on ideas for urban agriculture and gardening.

Our company is quite small with just two professionals: Joe Johnston, head engineer, and Brandon Feils, head machinist. We do as much in-house design and fabrication as possible, while subcontracting specialties to local shops.

Johnston Machine Company has an annex called Final Assembly, in which products are assembled, tested and demonstrated. This space doubles as a place where seminars and brainstorming can take place.

THE JOHNSTON FAMILY

_____________

Joe Johnston comes from a long line of engineers in the culinary equipment. His great-grandfather, Herbert L. Johnston, started Hobart Manufacturing Company in 1897 to adapt the electric motor to foodservice equipment, revolutionizing kitchen productivity. The firm also added a consumer line under the KitchenAid brand. With over 120 patents from the electric coffee grinder to mixers and dishwashers, he was a prolific inventor. He was also deeply involved with his community, Troy, Ohio.

His son, Edward S. Johnston, continued in engineering with Hobart and became the Vice-President of the company. Edward also was awarded a number of patents and helped set up Hobart and KitchenAid in South America. He also helped manage the firm during World War II, when production was changed to making wartime equipment. Hobart and KitchenAid remain to this day benchmarks of quality and US manufacturing in the culinary field.

THE JOHNSTON FAMILY

_____________

Edward's son, James H. Johnston, preferred farming and bought a farm in Gilbert, Arizona in 1959. Jim grew the crops of the day: cotton, wheat, alfalfa, sugar beets, corn and more. In 1967, he moved his young family to the farm: wife, Virginia, and three boys -- Joe, Steve and Paul. While it started out as a very rural farm with dirt roads, by the 1980's, development approached.

Joe studied electrical and mechanical engineering at Stanford University and did engineering in electro-mechanical devices for seven years. He then started a chain of coffeehouses, The Coffee Plantation, which included coffee roasting. After selling these he was involved with opening three restaurants: Joe's Real BBQ, Joe's Farm Grill and Liberty Market, all in Gilbert. Joe remains a partner in each of these restaurants.

From 2000 onward, he's been developing Agritopia®, a planned community that has organic, urban farming at the center and a village around it, located on his family's farm. As a part of that community is Barnone, a craftsman community, which houses Johnston Machine Company.

BARNONE. A CRAFTSMAN COMMUNITY.

_____________

Barnone, a craftsman community, began life as a large quonset hut style barn. Built in 1950 out of recycled aluminum from WWII aircraft, its original purpose was to store grain for a feedlot near the farm. Later, it became storage and a small part of it was used to support The Farm at Agritopia®, the organic urban farm.

The Johnston family decided a couple of years ago to convert it into a place where people who are intensely passionate and skilled in a craft could band together. The idea is to stay small and do the work yourself, not manage a bunch of people. We wanted an eclectic combination of crafts united in that thought.

The building is divided up into small spaces ranging from 250 square feet to 1,000 square feet. The crafts include two micro-restaurants, a nano-brewery, a woodworker, a salon, a florist, a high-end hunting rifle maker, a letterpress print shop and Johnston Machine Company. Two new buildings complete the project and they house a winery, a farm store and space for the farming operation.

Barnone opened late-November, 2016.