Precision machine shop expands South Carolina operation

M.C. Tool LLC (www.mctoolllc.com), in cooperation with the Greenville Area Development Corporation, plans a significant expansion of the company's operations in Greer, South Carolina. The expansion includes adding more than 20 high-salaried jobs, advanced machining equipment, and aggressive targeting of "niche one-stop-shopping services" for aerospace, automotive, defense and energy industries.

Founded in 1987, M.C. Tool has developed a niche in machining tough exotic materials such as Titanium and Inconel, while holding tolerances of .0002 inch or better on intricate parts. The company recently expanded these capabilities to provide higher volume "lights-out" manufacturing and greater full-service offerings in what company principals stated is a "multimillion dollar capital investment".

The expansion includes significant up-fitting of the existing 12,000 square foot facility, additional capital equipment, and establishing a full 24 hour - 3 shift operation to "create more productive space," Jason Premo, a principal in the company said. "We are reorganizing our facility into lean work cells and value-streams, employing modern software technology, and most importantly instilling a mindset of continuous improvement in everyone."

"M.C. Tool's decision to grow its headquarters and precision manufacturing operations here in Greenville County is the product of a team effort involving many participants at the local and state level," H.G. "Butch" Kirven, Jr., chairman of Greenville County Council said. "Their specialized capabilities reinforce this area's attractiveness to Fortune 500 enterprises and tier one and two providers, and affirms that specialty manufacturing companies can thrive and succeed in our state. We're pleased to have them here in Greenville County."

"Early in our decision process, we met with the Greenville Area Development Corporation regarding what resources and assistance they could identify for recruiting, training, expansion of facilities, and for adding quality jobs,” Sean Witty, also a principal in M.C. Tool said. “They were extremely helpful in walking us through the process. Growing this company here in South Carolina is absolutely the right strategic decision for M.C. Tool. After acquiring the company in 2007, we've grown from 20 employees on one shift to over 40 on three shifts, and expect to end 2008 with potentially 50 total associates and further facility expansion."

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