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| American Machinist named its 10 Best Machine Shops for 2008. |
You can read about the keys to the success of all of these shops at the following web sites.
These shops are built on long-term work agreements, a willingness to invest in manufacturing processes for customers, always meeting delivery dates and part quality requirements, building relationships and aligning strategies to match those of the customer, and working toward always delivering above and beyond what customers require.
| Investing in technology and maintaining a high-quality workforce has helped Allied Specialty Precision, Inc. (ASPI) to double its sales in the past three years. The company prides itself on its workforce and technology. Read the full story here |
| While B&B Manufacturing Co. Inc discribes itself as a job shop, it seems to have the level of sophistication and infrastructure of a contract manufacturer. The shop thrives on the long-term work agreements with its customers, so most jobs won by the shop stick around for the life of the program. Read the full story here |
| Jim McGuigan comes f rom a long line of machinists. |
His grandfather had a machine shop with his father and uncle where Jim spent his early years sweeping floors on weekends.
Twenty years ago, when he was 23-years-old, he bought a Hardinge chucker lathe and struck off on his own. It was a modest turning shop, but he has made it grow. Read the full story here
| Conor Kelly and Bill Fixsen started Diablo Precision Inc. in 2004 with one machine the two of them didnt know how to run a slight setback that almost put the shop out of business even before shipping its first order. Read the full story here |
| The machine shop at Feintool USA Corp. is captive. |
It is an essential part of the companys integrated operations and makes all of the progressive dies that the fineblanking operations need. Read the full story here
| Fredon Corp. excels in tackling high-precision, close-tolerance, difficultto- machine projects that most shops find problematic, or impossible. Read the full story here |
| Nestled in the rolling hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania is the Hamill Manufacturing Co. |
The company was founded in 1952 by William B. Kelly in the rear buildings of his residence in Monroeville. Jeffrey S. Kelly the founders son and the current chairman and chief executive officer is acting president of the National Tooling & Machining Association, and was chairman of the NTMA in 2007. Read the full story here
| In 2005, Scott Smith started NEO Machine L.L.C. with 20 years of experience, $5,000.00 cash in his pocket, one employee, and two machine tools. He said he was scared to death when he took that first step and rented a facility in which he had to install his own air lines and power. He didnt even have a machinists toolbox at the time. Read the full story here |
| Deborah Lamb is fond of pointing out that, as a woman-owned business, her company, Rose Industries Inc., is looked at by the federal government, anyway as a disadvantaged business. Read the full story here |
| As a key player in the highly competitive aerospace market, Weaver Manufacturing Inc. sets itself apart by what it actually sells to customers. Read the full story here |
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