Olhausen Billiards prides itself on manufacturing custom pool tables with the same dedication to quality that its reputation is built on. By Janice Hoppe-Spiers
Brothers Donny and Butch Olhausen’s lifelong passion for billiards laid the foundation for Olhausen Billiards. The pair founded the company more than 40 years ago and Donny Olhausen says he now operates the world’s largest pool table manufacturing facility. “Even though our capacity to produce pool tables has greatly increased, our constant dedication to quality has not changed,” says Donny Olhausen, founder and CEO. “Every Olhausen pool table is still built to order.”
The Olhausen name has been synonymous with the billiards industry for more than 70 years, when the brother’s grandfather grew tired of growing corn in Hartley, Iowa, and sold the farm to buy a poolroom in town. Olhausen’s father, Jerry, learned about the billiards industry from his father before leaving Hartley for Las Cruces, N.M., where he started his own billiard sales and service business in 1953.
Both brothers worked for their father while growing up in Las Cruces and decided to begin their own venture in 1972 when they moved to San Diego to start Olhausen Billiards. Today, Olhausen Billiards operates out of a 250,000-square-foot facility in Portland, Tenn., and has manufactured more than 500,000 pool tables.