The History of Hornet Cutting Systems

Retro Systems original facility circa 2004

Original facility circa 2004

When Retro Systems was founded in 2004, the original intent of the business was to purchase and retrofit used CNC cutting machines. This purpose was reflected in the original name, Retro Systems.

Before long, demand increased for new CNC plasma cutters, so Retro Systems moved toward manufacturing their own. By the end of 2004, Retro Systems had released their first original model of CNC plasma and oxy-fuel cutting machine. To reflect the company’s pride in its hometown, the machine was painted purple and named the Hornet after the local high school mascot.

Over the next decade, Retro Systems continued to grow from around ten employees to more than forty. The product line grew from the original Hornet to include machines for waterjet cutting, pipe cutting, and more. In 2013, the Reimann family took on Brice Turner, Jeff Turner, and Lynn Nichols as partners, enabling the company to continue to grow while still remaining locally and family owned.

Hornet Cutting Systems manufacturing facility

Hornet Cutting Systems manufacturing facility

For over a decade, the Hornet product line established Retro Systems as a leading OEM, manufacturing superior quality new CNC cutting machines. In 2016, that legacy grew stronger by becoming the company’s name: Retro Systems became Hornet Cutting Systems. This name change reflected the company’s rapid shift from retrofitting machines to designing, engineering, servicing, and manufacturing the finest cutting machines on the market.