Childress family opens 7Cs shop

KateLynn Slaamot

Submitted photo

The family owned business, 7Cs, is named  after the seven Childresses, left to right, children Reece, Laramie, Rustin, Elizabeth and Lane, mother Ellen, and father Rusty. The machine shop opened early in 2020 to provide Newcastle with a much needed local shop.

KateLynn Slaamot

NLJ Correspondent


While Newcastle was without a machine shop for some time, those in need of one have had to travel out of town to find what they need. Rusty Childress saw this need and decided to fill that gap. He opened his machine shop, 7Cs, at the beginning of the year. 

Childress bought the land for his business at 101 Divide Ave., located behind the Pizza Hut, several months ago. He set to work building his shop with the help of his five children, Reece, Elizabeth, Laramie, Rustin and Lane. The construction took several months before he could get up and running in early 2020. 

7C’s offers machining, heavy equipment mechanic work, welding, fabrication and other services. He also currently offers commercial refrigeration. 

“We’re family owned,” Childress said. 

His wife, Ellen, does the bookkeeping, and his older children have done a lot of work for him. His younger kids help around the shop as well, as part of their home schooling. The name 7Cs stands for the seven Childresses in the family. 

Childress said he has been involved in entrepreneurship for many years, and he’s been involved in mechanic work for even longer. His dad was a heavy equipment mechanic, and by the time Childress could hold a tool, he was helping out and learning the trade. Childress was part owner of a roofing company for 17 years, but he helped with mechanics and welding for the company throughout that time. 

After moving to Newcastle 11 years ago, Childress said, he worked in the logging industry and had to mechanic through that time too. 

“It was one of those things I could never get away from,” Childress said. 

Since his interest started in machining work, Childress dived into learning about it – training online, with books and more. 

Moving to Newcastle was important for the family, Childress said. 

“We moved here to support the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” Ellen said. 

Through starting 7Cs, the family has gotten to spend a lot more time together, something that Childress and Ellen said they appreciate. 

“I (can) be more involved in raising the kids and teaching them,” Childress said. 

Ellen said that one of the many benefits to owning a business is “flexibility and versatility.” Childress echoed this sentiment, and he said he enjoys working with people and meeting their needs. 

“We try to just go with the flow,” Childress said. 

Because Childress had been doing a lot of work for oilfield-based companies, business slowed when oil prices started dropping a few months ago. However, he’s optimistic that Newcastle will recover and get back to normal, and he said 7Cs will be there when it does. 

The family appreciates the support the community has still shown to the new business, Ellen said, and they are excited to see where this goes. 

“It has been a real adventure starting, and we want to thank Newcastle for the ongoing support you have given us. We truly appreciate it,” she said. 


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