Pictured Left to Right: Jim, Don and Joe Bettinardi
Donson Machine Co. was started in 1978 by Donald J. Bettinardi (1932-2005).
Don was born in Chicago, and at a very early age he was sent to an orphanage with his sister.
Don’s father (Giuseppe) was from northern Italy, and his mother was from Chicago, and both were not able to take care of him and his only sister (Delores) when they were young. Once in high school, Don moved back with his mother.
After graduating from Pullman Tech HS (Chicago) in 1950, he tried many jobs until he became an apprentice machinist. (Ingersoll Steel Co.)
He eventually received a great opportunity to join Argonne National Laboratory as a machinist. (Argonne is a well-known science and engineering research center located in Lemont, IL)
Don was known to be mechanically inclined and had the ability to sell.
He was known his whole life as a very positive person and never saw the negatives in any person he met.
While working 1st shift at Argonne National Lab, he also delivered pizzas at night.
His wife, Eveleen, who had always been a positive influence on him to start his own company, created a very peaceful home that included great meals for Don and the kids.
Don and Eveleen had 6 children (4 boys and 2 girls).
Don loved to coach football (his 4 sons) and loved playing golf with his family and friends.
His daughter, Kathy, became a Nurse and Family Therapist, and his other daughter, Kris, became a high school special education teacher.
His 4 sons all learned the trade under their dad guidance, and today are now owners of 5 different manufacturing companies.