Collaborative Discovery

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Creative People

Ken and Chi joined forces in 1994 when they realized both wanted more for their field of machining. They share a vision of lifetime learning for work and for home. They are close friends as well.


Kenneth Hutchinson, President

ken hutchinsonKen and his wife, Shirley, founded Creative Metal Products in 1984 with their now-retired partner of ten years. As president, Ken oversees the business aspects of Creative. His role includes making sure the company delivers superior value to its customers. He aims to gain new business by developing Creative further on all fronts. Born in Akron, Ohio in 1956, he comes from a line of machinists beginning with his great-grandfather. Married thirty-five years, he and Shirley reside in the Almaden Valley area of San Jose. They have three children and three grandchildren to date. Ken likes being active with his family, outdoor adventures, learning philosophy, and working on home improvement projects.


Chi V. Ly, General Manager

chi lyChi is Creative’s “top chef” of machined parts. His responsibilities include quoting, planning, scheduling, and day-to-day oversight of Creative’s manufacturing activities. His talents cover a wide range of skills. Chi studies and strives for greater efficiencies and for better utilization of supply chain resources. He is a role model to machinists and a father-figure to some. Chi prides himself on teaching others “right ways” to run machines. With surface grinding, it is likely that a person trained by Chi will exhibit near identical technique when performing the operation years later. Chi prefers spending his off-time at home with family. Quiet and low-key, he likes staying fit, reading, playing piano, and having enough free time to take life a little slow.