William (Bill) E. Crawford was born in Fyffe Alabama and moved to Detroit Michigan in November 1954. He met Willodean Martin who was born in Waynesboro Tennessee and had moved to Detroit Michigan in 1950. They were married in 1955 and have two children. James A. Crawford and Nancy C. Black. Bill worked in various auto plants until 1957 when he went to work for Rotary Tool in Detroit Michigan. He left Rotary Tool in 1964 and went to work for Special Carbide in Warren Michigan.

Bill moved the family in the fall of 1970 to Greer South Carolina to work for Amamco Tool.

Bill and Dean started their business, Crawford Saw & Tool in 1982 working out of the basement of their home. Bill made tools, sharpened tools and saw blades, he picked up and made deliveries. Dean worked at Belk full time while handling the invoicing, accounts payable, ordering, and other office duties for Crawford Saw & Tool.

In 1992 they built the shop on Biblebrook Drive in Greer and moved out of the basement into the new building. Through the years the business has been blessed and continued to grow. The company has grown from Bill and Dean to a staff of nine. Employees have been very helpful and appreciated through the years. They have contributed to the success of the company. In 2003 the building was expanded to include a showroom, storage room and garage.

Bill started out working with one hand grinder and a Foley Bell Saw machine. He has now progressed to Robotic C & C Wright machines and the NC3 & NC5 Walter machines. He also has a shop full of other machines and equipment. Billís personal specialty is making new tools. He and Dean have continued to upgrade machinery and office equipment to keep up to date with changing technology.

They both contribute the success of the company to hard work, good employees, and mostly the blessings of God.


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