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Lomar Machine and Tool Co.

Manufacturing Award

On May 10, Lomar Machine and Tool Co. President Ronald Geisman received the 2016 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year (Small
Tier) Award from the Michigan Manufacturer's Association "for his hard
work and constant demand for improvement."
"I was thoroughly shocked and honored to receive this award,"
Geisman says. He did not know he was being nominated by his daughter
Rebecca Dorian, who works as an administrative assistant at Lomar. "I
was completely unaware a nomination had been submitted until she told
me I had won. I was proud to accept this on behalf of our company; it is an
award deserved by everyone at Lomar and their contributions to the best
practices and success that have set up apart."
Ron's father, Jim Geisman, founded the company in 1976 and remains
the company CEO. The family business is now growing to include several
members of the third generation. "I'm proud that we have maintained
a family atmosphere as we grow," Geisman says. " Seeing many of our
employees with their own children now working within the company is
very unique and fulfilling."

tential for our company and have excelled in each training opportunity," Geisman points out.
Prototyping of parts is also completed by the engineering team. "We frequently assist customers as they
develop ideas for new or updated products," Geisman
explains. "This has been essential in understanding potential issues while the idea is in the earliest stages."
Lomar's manufacturing capabilities include machine shop services such as CNC turning, milling and
grinding, along with wire and plunge electrical discharge machining. Fabrication, welding and laser-cutting of sheet metal as well as powder-coating and
liquid paint finishes are all completed in-house. The
company is dedicated to investing in the most current
equipment. Most recently, Lomar has purchased a vertical machining center and a twin-spindle lathe with a
bar loader and live tooling to increase capacity. It also
has replaced two used horizontal machining centers
with that of a more efficient dual-pallet machine.
The company's incorporation of lean manufacturing
techniques such as improved plant layout is ongoing. "In
an effort to best utilize space and ensure our processes
remain progressive, we frequently move people, product
lines and cells around," Geisman says.

Midwest

says. "Within weeks, it had hit millions of cycles."
Some industries, automotive in particular, are able to
retool or rebuild Lomar equipment for evolving products as their lines change.
"Lomar enjoys the challenge of advancing with each
change in technology and customers' needs," Geisman
says. "We often bring equipment back in to fit it with
new and innovative electronics while rebuilding some
of the worn components. In doing this, we are able to
save our customers a great deal of time and money in
capitalizing on faster cycle times and better control."
With the majority of Lomar's equipment custom-built, a strong culture of collaboration is essential throughout the company. Geisman attributes the
company's success to "having a great work ethic present throughout the company. Lomar is fortunate to be
composed of and surrounded by an outstanding group
of talented and motivated individuals. As a team, we
strive to deliver the highest standard in manufacturing and customer satisfaction." mt

Technology Changing
The cutting-edge production equipment that Lomar
Machine and Tool manufactures is durable and built
to last. "We have a high production rotary end-former
running roughly a five-second cycle 24/7," Geisman
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