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The Olhausen brothers have a long family history in the billiard business.  It began over 70 years ago, in Hartley, Iowa, where their grandfather got tired of growing corn.  He sold his farm and bought the local pool room.   His son Jerry worked for him and learned a lot about pool tables.  When he left Hartley, eventually settling in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he started his own billiard sales and service business, Olhausen Pool Tables.

As kids growing up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Donny and Butch Olhausen worked for their dad setting up and re-covering pool tables. Their dad had a shop in every house they ever lived in. Little did they know, they were learning a trade that would carry them through the rest of their lives.

In the summer of 1969, Butch moved to California. Donny decided to follow in 1972.  That's when the Olhausen boys started their own company, moving and re-covering pool tables.  They also delivered new tables for a small manufacturing company in downtown San Diego. They charged $12 to deliver and install a new table, using Butch's classic '59 El Camino and paying for the gas.  What a deal!  They could be done with a delivery by 10:00 A.M. After that, they would go out and "pound the pavement" for any more work they could find.

Then came what they thought was a great opportunity.  The owner of the manufacturing company that they delivered for offered to sell them the business for $1000 and take a note back on the inventory.  So in 1972, they took everything they had and bought the company lock, stock and barrel.  That's when the world changed for them.

The company they bought was making about 35 tables annually.  The first year, their goal was to somehow double the business and sell 70 tables. Within two years, they were selling over 300 tables per year.  Since 1972, Olhausen has made more than 500,000 pool tables using “American Made” products in their design and construction.

Manufacturing pool tables in California for more than 30 year put Olhausen Billiards in the forefront of environmental awareness. When Olhausen moved to Tennessee in 2005, they designed their new factory to be not only the largest producer of billiard tables in the industry, but also one of the most environmentally friendly manufacturing facilities found anywhere in the world.  Today, ©Olhausen Billiard Manufacturing, Inc. is now manufacturing almost 30,000 pool tables a year, as well as shuffleboards, foosballs and air hockey tables, in their state-of-the-art, LEED compliant factory.

Known for quality and innovation, Olhausen’s Uniliner has been proven to make Olhausen’s frames almost two times stronger than tables with length braces.  Most Olhausen pool tables feature the Accufast cushion.  Since the introduction of the Accufast cushion in the early 1990s, they have installed these amazing cushions on more 400,000 pool tables and have not yet needed to replace a single cushion!  The capability to Build Your Own Table offers move than a trillion possible combinations.  You can truly own a one-of-a-kind table, built to last generations.

Still family- owned and operated, Donny and all the people at Olhausen® have consistently pursued a tradition of dedication to Quality, Service, Selection and Value.  These attributes and now four generations in the business have earned their company the title of "The Best in Billiards®."