Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
The company was founded in 1947 by Irwin Auman, with his wife Betty by his side; it was a true partnership. Irwin built the business by meeting his customer’s challenges. He developed a keen skill for machining castings; specifically alloy steel castings, such as the ones used on the M60 Tank. To meet all of the requirements on this project, the company set up painting facilities as well as became certified welding. For over thirty years, he met the monthly challenges of producing up to 120 sets of louver castings, fully machined and painted. This amounted to as many as 14,000 machined castings per year being shipped to Chrysler’s tank plant. At the same time, he developed his own design of Trepan tools that were used in the production of alloy valves and the tools were also used to make gear blanks for helicopter drive trains. Having started in his father-in-law’s garage, he reached an employee level of 50 people working around the clock to meet his customer’s needs.
In 1972, Irwin’s son Timothy came to work at the family business. Timothy displayed a strong desire to learn the business from the ground up. He worked after school, during his summer vacations and came to work full-time in the summer of 1974. Four years later he received his machinist papers.
In the late 70’s the tank and other defense parts had become unneeded so the base of new work came from a local railroad component manufacturer, Keystone Railway. Their products fit onto the company’s existing stable of machine. Adding to this resurgence was work from BMY (now BAE). These timely orders finally put the company in a position, in 1985, to purchase an H-22 CNC Horizontal Machining Center. After the initial CNC machine acquisition in 1985, to present the company has nine (9) additional CNC Horizontal Mills. In addition to the mills, six (6) CNC Turning Centers, two (2) large CNC Vertical Turning lathes and a large boring mill that can handle parts greater than 100” long. To compliment this stable of equipment, three (3) DEA fully programmable CMM’s were added. Air conditioning was added to machine close tolerance parts.
In April 1986 an agreement of sale was reached between Irwin and Timothy. At the age of 29, Timothy became the second generation owner of the company; with the goal of future generations perpetuating the business.