A long awaited deep hole boring machine installed in May brings added capacity for expected increase in demand.
The $1 million machine, which was ordered more than a year ago, has the capacity for drilling holes up to 14.75 inches diameter and 105 inches deep. When it arrived at the East Plant in May, it was immediately put to work. “We have not quoted work in the larger size in the last year or two because we haven’t had the capacity,” said Jace Schubert, Director of Business Development. “This extra capacity allows us to continue growing and seeking new customers. There’s not a lot of people out there that can do holes of this size.”
Schubert said most of the customers who order work using this machine are in the military and oil & gas industries. “While we got off to a slow start, overall we are starting to see customer interaction and customer quoting pick up”, he said. “As the economy continues to recover this new machine will increasingly help us add capacity to our Drilling Department.”