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Mid-State Machine Products 2012 revenues: More than $60 million / Headquarters: Westfield, Mass. / Employees: More than 200 / Specialty: Precision machining Duane Pekar, president: “Two to three years from now, we want to be known as the machining expert that makes complex parts faster than anybody in the industry.” mid-state machine has become an industry leader in precision contract machining and assembly. Precision for Speed mid-state machine continues its lean journey to ensure it has the fastest turnaround times. by brian salgado When Mid-State Machine expanded its operation five years ago in Winslow, Maine, the company experienced many of the growing pains encountered by small, privately held businesses. Today, however, with help from parent company Precision Partners – a private equity firm with operations in four countries and more than 1,800 employees worldwide – MidState Machine has become one of the industry leaders in precision contract machining, fabrication and assembly. According to President Duane Pekar, who took the helm of the company in June 2012, Mid-State Machine is growing at a double-digit pace through three 116 WINTER 2012 driving factors: an aggressive lean manufacturing deployment; education of the next generation of machine technicians; and investment in new equipment and technology. “These are the things that are going to drive our rapid growth,” Pekar says. “Two to three years from now, we want to be known as the machining expert that makes complex parts faster than anyone in the industry. We’re shortening the cycle time in every facet of our business.” Mid-State Machine and its sister company, Berkshire Industries in Westfield, serves customers in the aerospace, defense, oil and gas and power generation industries. The company’s recently expanded 250,000-square-foot facility in Winslow adds state-of-the art vertical turning capability that combines a 2axis lathe with 3-axis milling on parts up to 3.5-meter diameter and 2 meters in height, to more than 100 multi-axis machining centers and a range of test qualifications. The facility also has plans to expand its welding capabilities, which Pekar says Mid-State will bring in-house in 2013. Lean Machining Although lean manufacturing techniques typically are best applied to continuous flow processes, Pekar was determined to bring lean to MidState’s operations. The company had called on numerous lean experts before finding a consultant adept at applying lean techniques to complex machine shops.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012

Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012