Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 84

Precise Tool and Manufacturing Inc.
www.precisetool.com / HQ: Rochester, N.Y. / Employees: 110 / Specialty: CNC parts machining
and fabricating / John S. Gizzi, president: "We have added 14 additions to the facility."

precise tool boasts more
than 200,000 square feet of
floor space and more than
100 cnc machines.

Supersize Success

precise tool and manufacturing focuses on large
and extra-large machining parts. by chris kelsch
John S. Gizzi, president of Precise Tool and Manufacturing Inc., is
no stranger to his industry. His father
started Precise Tool and Manufacturing in 1974 and Gizzi, in his own
words, "grew up as a little kid running
around the shop, learning all aspects
of the business from an early age."
The company was started as a
quick-turnaround small parts manufacturer, building specialized equipment for the automotive industry.
Over the next few years the company
grew and expanded, diversified its capabilities and earned its reputation
by building special machinery and
prototype equipment for industrial
clients around Rochester, N.Y. It was

84

manufacturing-today.com NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

during this time that Precise Tool's
vision of the future led them to invest
early to build up its CNC machine
tool base to support the efforts of its
design/build department.
Seeing the potential for further
growth in CNC parts manufacturing,
Precise Tool disbanded its design/
build capabilities to focus on manufacturing, and moved to its current
location with just 7,500 square feet
of space at the time. Gizzi, however,
has always believed in investing and
adding more space and equipment to
accommodate new business opportunities. "Since moving to this location
we have added 14 additions to the facility," Gizzi notes.

Northeast

Today, Precise Tool has more than
200,000 square feet of floor space
with more than 100 CNC machines,
large and small. The state-of-the-art
facility allows Precise Tool to win bids
from larger rivals but remain small
enough to focus on the essential details of complex part manufacturing.
The most recent addition was five
years ago, when the company added
40,000 square feet and installed four
bays to house larger machines. This
was part of an effort by Gizzi to expand the company's focus. "During
the course of the 1990s and 2000s, we
started to acquire machine tools that
could handle significantly bigger and
bigger parts as an area of core competency," Gizzi notes.
The shift in focus was driven by a
growing demand, starting in the late
1990s, for large and oversized parts
to serve the power-generation industry. Those parts were needed for
large gas turbines. "That really set us
apart from the competition," Gizzi
recalls. "And really helped us form a
niche." To manufacture such parts,
Gizzi started to acquire large and extra-large horizontal mills and vertical
lathes that could machine parts 18
feet in diameter.

Lessons Learned
Like anyone who runs a thriving business, Gizzi has learned the benefits of
diversification. After 9/11, the company lost business through corporate
setbacks such as the Enron collapse.
"We lost a lot of power generation
work," he recalls. "We did have some
machines that sat idle for a while."
Eventually, business started ramping up again, but Gizzi had decided
by then to diversify Precise Tool's
customer base. "Since then, we have
served the mining industry as well as
making parts for the aerospace and


http://www.manufacturing-today.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017

Table of Contents
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - Cover1
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - Cover2
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 1
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - Table of Contents
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 3
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 4
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 5
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 6
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 7
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 8
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 9
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 10
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 11
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 12
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 13
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 14
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 15
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 16
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 17
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 18
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 19
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 20
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 21
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 22
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 23
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 24
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 25
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 26
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 27
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 28
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 29
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 30
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 31
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 32
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 33
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 34
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 35
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 36
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 37
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 38
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 39
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 40
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 41
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 42
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 43
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 44
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 45
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 46
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 47
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 48
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 49
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 50
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 51
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 52
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 53
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 54
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 55
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 56
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 57
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 58
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 59
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 60
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 61
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 62
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 63
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 64
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 65
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 66
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 67
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 68
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 69
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 70
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 71
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 72
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 73
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 74
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 75
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 76
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 77
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 78
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 79
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 80
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 81
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 82
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 83
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 84
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 85
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 86
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 87
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 88
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 89
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 90
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 91
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 92
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 93
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 94
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 95
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - 96
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - Cover3
Manufacturing Today - November/December 2017 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_6b
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_6a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_5
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_5b
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_5a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_4a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_3
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_3a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_2A
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol19_1a
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_6
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_5
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_3
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20171112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201709_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20161112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160910v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20151112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20141112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013summer_vol2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013summer_vol1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2011winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2011fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011springsummer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/schofield/mt_2010winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/schofield/mt_2009fall
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com