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Precision Plus named Top Workplace 2022 by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Precision Plus has been named in the Top Workplaces 2022 list by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Top Workplace recipients are awarded solely based on anonymous employee surveys administered through a third-party employee engagement provider, Energage, LLC. While completing the survey, employees answer questions about various cultural areas of distinction found throughout the organization – diversity and inclusion, motivating forces, and overall company mission, vision and direction.

After receiving the award, Chief Operations Officer Dave Strand expressed, “We have a team of amazing individuals at Precision Plus that have collectively created something special and this is truly a Championship Culture! Every day I come in, I am excited to be here. When you love what you do it isn’t ‘work’. Our business is to take care of our clients, and we all strive to make that happen every day. The teamwork and passion everyone here at Precision Plus brings is incredible! There are no words to express the feeling of what happens daily at a place that others may call ‘work’. I am sincerely proud to be part of this family atmosphere!”

Precision Plus employs nearly 100 people, and the business focuses on four core principles: innovation, respect, empowerment, and integrity. These four pillars ensure Precision Plus and its employees continue its mission to be the number one solution provider of machined components for our current and future partners.

Patti Christensen, Vice President of Human Resources, explained the importance of a positive work environment for their employees, “Precision Plus is blessed and fortunate to have an amazing team of highly-skilled manufacturing professionals. We have built our success over the past 40 years through the talented employees who have walked through our doors. Being formally named a Top Workplace through the feedback from our co-workers confirms that our organization has become a workplace of choice in Walworth County. We are extremely proud to provide a work environment where our employees can enjoy dedicated and engaged leadership, rewards and recognition, and a Company that truly cares about them and their families. We leave work at the end of the day knowing that what we do for our clients really matters. We are excited to be able to share this great news with current and future team members.”

To learn more about Precision Plus, including current employment opportunities, visit us at preplus.com/why-work-at-precision/.

About Precision Plus

Precision Plus provides precision machined solutions for small parts across aerospace, dental, medical, and more industries. The company’s phenomenal culture of passionate people and commitment to ongoing investments in technology results in timely responses, quality products, and on-time delivery. Through collaborative engagement/early supplier involvement (ESI) with our clients, our Application Engineering team can help develop the most cost-effective solutions to deliver ultimate performance and value. With support from our knowledgeable Production team, our professional Client Services group provides timely responses and delivers quality products on time and at a fair price. Precision Plus offers inventory management programs for our clients, whereby our team monitors inventory levels and finished components are shipped as needed.

Contacts at Precision Plus

For more information on Precision Plus’s machining capabilities, contact Ryan Nuhn, Sales Engineer/Estimator, at NuhnR@preplus.com.

Interested in joining Precision Plus’s team of manufacturing professionals? Contact Patti Christensen, V.P. of Human Resources, at ChristensenP@preplus.com.

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Precision Plus Celebrates 40 Years of Machining Excellence

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Precision Plus is celebrating 40 years of providing industry-leading precision machined solutions to clients in various industries. Since 1982, the family-owned and operated company has actively supported local engagement and outreach programs in the Walworth County community. Precision Plus will host a series of events throughout 2022 with employees, clients, and community members to celebrate this historic milestone.

“Precision Plus is recognized as an industry leader for our efforts to attract, develop and retain the very best people in our industry. We have spent the last 40 years building the foundation for the next 40+ years. Our involvement with the local K-12 schools, Gateway Technical College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has been vital to our success. Another contributing factor is our involvement in the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) and the European Syndicate International Du Décolletage (SID), which have been invaluable resources to fuel our growth and technical development.” Mike J Reader, President

Over the past 40 years, Precision Plus has evolved and grown considerably, but the mission remains the same: to be the first choice in precision-machined solutions for their clients. Ralph “Buck” Cates founded the company in a small 5,000sf shop in 1982. Over the next five years, he expanded the facility into a 17,000sf building that housed 60 mechanical Tornos Swiss lathes. In 1988, local business leader and former owner of the Lake Lawn Lodge resort, Phil Reader, acquired Precision Plus. Cates stayed on in an advisory role to ensure a successful transition.

Seven years after the acquisition, Phil’s son, Mike J Reader, joined the Company and the duo’s strategic efforts took the business to new heights leading to the construction of a 45,000sf facility in Elkhorn to accommodate their continued growth. In 2000, Precision Plus relocated to the new building with 45 employees and 80 Tornos Swiss lathes. The additional space allowed for expanding their machining capabilities to include CNC Swiss machining to provide more advanced solutions for complex parts with extremely tight tolerances.

Mike J Reader, President, acquired the business in 2006 and in 2015, Mike’s son, Michael P Reader, joined the Precision Plus team following his graduation from MSOE. To date, three active generations of the Reader family, Phil, Mike and Michael, all bring their unique strengths, experience and insights to the business operations and have created a manufacturing legacy for the future.

“It has been an incredible experience to watch the growth of Precision Plus over the last 40 years. The foundation of this company is built on family and community. I know it will continue to prosper in the years to come.” Barb Cates, Accounting Manager – Barb has been with Precision Plus since day one.

Cheryl Vegter, who has been with the Company since 1983 in myriad roles notes, “40 years of continual growth only happens through a consistent emphasis on learning and striving for better. I have enjoyed working alongside so many engaged, passionate and creative people throughout my years at Precision Plus.” Cheryl Vegter, Production Manager.

Currently, Precision Plus employs nearly 100 dedicated team members and the facility features 50 Tornos mechanical screw machines, 31 CNC Swiss machines, 9 CNC Turret Lathes and 2 Vertical Machining Centers. Plans for a 55,000sf expansion in 2023 are underway to ensure plenty of space for continued growth and support for their clients.

 

About Precision Plus

Precision Plus provides precision machined solutions for small parts across aerospace, dental, medical, and more industries. The company’s phenomenal culture of passionate people and commitment to ongoing investments in technology results in timely responses, quality products, and on-time delivery. Through collaborative engagement/early supplier involvement (ESI) with our clients, our Application Engineering team can help develop the most cost-effective solutions to deliver ultimate performance and value. With support from our knowledgeable Production team, our professional Client Services group provides timely responses and delivers quality products on time and at a fair price. Precision Plus offers inventory management programs for our clients, whereby our team monitors inventory levels and finished components are shipped as needed.

Contacts at Precision Plus

For more information on Precision Plus’s machining capabilities, contact Ryan Nuhn, Sales Engineer/Estimator, at NuhnR@preplus.com.

Interested in joining Precision Plus’s team of manufacturing professionals? Contact Patti Christensen, V.P. of Human Resources, at ChristensenP@preplus.com.

Check out news related to Precision Plus on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and read the Plus blog for company and industry related articles.

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November Pillar Among Peers Recipient, Phil Reader., pictured with COO Dave Strand

Phil Reader Wins Pillar Among Peers Award After Record Nominations

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Precision Plus launched a Pillar Among Peers award in January of 2021. The award process begins when employees submit recognition ballots of nomination for their peers within the company. The nominee must have displayed some behavior of the company’s core values throughout the month. Those foundational values are Empowerment, Respect, Integrity, and Innovation.

After Chief Operating Officer, Dave Strand, receives the nominations for the month, management will consider other attributes that may be needed to prevent favoritism and protect the integrity of the Work of Winners Culture the company embraces. Those might include but are not limited to attendance, attitude, production results, etc. During the monthly company meetings, all nominees are announced and receive a spin on the popular WOW prize wheel. The meeting finale is the announcement of the Pillar award recipient.

Dave Strand announced at the October meeting that Phil Reader received a record number of nominations since the inception of the award. A flood of nominations from employees were received all month expressing gratitude for everything from Phil opening the door at 3:30 am every morning to his passion and willingness to help anyone in a time of need.

“This is an incredible testament of love and respect that still exists for the man that purchased this company in 1988 and continues to open the door each morning at 3:30 am. Phil gives the passionate employees here at Precision Plus everything he has every day!” ~ Dave Strand

Today, three generations of the Reader family work at Precision Plus: CEO Phil Reader, Owner and President, Mike J. Reader, VP of Engineering, Mike P. Reader, and Production Control Coordinator, Ryan Reader.

Mike P Reader holds the MSOE Award

Michael P. Reader Accepts MSOE Award for Leadership During COVID-19

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Michael P. Reader, Vice President of Engineering and a 2016 graduate of MSOE, was recently honored as an MSOE 2021 Essential Frontline Worker Alumni. This award recognizes the positive impact made by previous graduates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reader was presented with a plaque by MSOE President, Dr. John Walz, and Alumni Association President, Adam Friedman, at the Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall of the Milwaukee School of Engineering on September 30th.

The selection committee at MSOE recognized Reader’s ability to lead the engineering department and production processes at Precision Plus throughout the early months of the pandemic to manufacture ventilator parts for the Ford/GE Ventilator Program. Reader and the engineering team spent countless hours ensuring that the ventilator part production was flawless and met the demanding qualification and rollout schedule.

The contributions made by Reader and the entire organization made it possible for Precision Plus to manufacture over 500,000 ventilator components. These components were used by five different companies in the fight against COVID-19. During his speech at the awards ceremony, Reader highlighted that this was a team effort by the entire Precision Plus organization and required countless hours by employees to meet the supplier demands.

“I feel extremely honored to be acknowledged for not only my individual hard work but also the hard work of many others I represented that night,” Reader expressed. “The award really showcased how well the Precision Plus team pulled together to make the impossible possible during a time of great need to help save lives during such difficult and unprecedented times.”

In early September, Reader was also recognized as a 2021 Emerging Leader by Production Machining Magazine. This award was established to “highlight professionals under the age of 40 who shine in their precision machining organizations and their communities as leaders”, according to Production Machining Magazine senior editor, Laurie Beckman.

For more information on Precision Plus’s efforts on continual career growth and leadership development, visit preplus.com/about. For more news related to Precision Plus, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Read our blog for company and industry-related articles. Sign up for our email newsletter by clicking here.

California Press Release

Precision Plus Expands Sales Coverage into California

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Precision Plus is pleased to announce the addition of a California-based sales team. The new sales engineers will allow Precision Plus to provide more personalized service with onsite visits to California prospects and existing clients. Jeff Haskell and Carl Davidson bring 25 years of sales experience to the Precision Plus team. They specialize in servicing customers in the southern California area including companies in the Aerospace, Medical, Defense, and Automotive industries.

“Were excited about the addition of Jeff and Carl to our team. Their experience in these markets that we serve will provide that extra “plus” to our clients. That’s been the recipe for our continued growth and the secret to our success.” – Michael J. Reader, President

To schedule a visit in the California area to learn more about Precision Plus’s machining capabilities, contact Jeff Haskell, Sales Engineer, at HaskellJ@preplus.com. For more information on how Precision Plus’s advanced manufacturing capabilities can benefit you, contact Ryan Nuhn, Sales Engineer and Estimator, at nuhnr@preplus.com.

Haas CL-1

Precision Plus Adds 2 Haas Chucker Lathes to Improve Secondary Machining Capabilities

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On Monday, August 9th, Precision Plus acquired two brand new Haas CL-1 Chucker Lathes to add to their fleet of advanced secondary equipment.

The Haas CL-1’s are ultra-compact CNC lathes with an 8-station automatic turret. These machines fit in well at Precision Plus and will be utilized for small-part production, secondary operations, and prototyping. Industries that will benefit from the additions of these machines include aerospace, medical, dental, and pneumatic/hydraulic control systems.

A Note From Michael Reader

Off to a Great Start, but We’re Not Done Yet

June 29th, 2021 (Elkhorn, WI) – I was optimistic coming into 2021, but am completely blown away by the group effort and teamwork I have seen. To say we’ve had an outstanding year thus far is a complete understatement. I am so proud of the collective efforts of everyone at Precision Plus, which does not happen without good vision and even better execution by great people.

Director of Education Stefan Brusky working with students Brad and Xavier

Youth Apprenticeships at Precision Plus Teach the Next Generation of Manufacturing Professionals Valuable Industry Knowledge

Since the Precision Plus Youth Apprenticeship Program’s inception back in 2013, students have been learning hands-on how to maintain technology that is the foundation of Swiss Machining. Director of Education & Business Development, Stefan Brusky, has been guiding current Youth Apprentices through projects in his first year with Precision Plus.

A photo of the Swiss CAMs department at Precision Plus, featuring our fleet of Tornos machines.

Bringing in New Technology Doesn’t Mean Out with the Tornos

It’s no secret Precision Plus has invested a great deal to procure the latest technology. In January, we brought in 2 additional Star SW-20’s to round out a trio of high-volume, state-of-the-art Swiss machines. In 2020, equipment acquisitions included 2 Star SW-12RII’s along with a 2nd Brother R650XI Speedio Vertical Milling Center with a twin pallet and Nikken 4th axis table. These additions to the fleet join other high-tech equipment such as our collaborative robot, Sawyer, the Hardinge super precision lathe, and our variety of Swiss CNC Star machines.

Pre Plus employee holding bottle part produced for M & M

Design and Utility Patents Awarded to Precision Plus Partner M & M Machinery Services

Precision Plus, a manufacturer of precision machined components, is proud to announce the awarding of both design and utility patents to our business partner, M & M Machinery Services, from the United States Patent Office. M & M, a long-time partner of Precision Plus, patented a quick-change vent tube system for high speed bottle filling equipment for the beverage industry.

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