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

Phil Reader Wins Pillar Among Peers Award After Record Nominations


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


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.

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California Press Release

Precision Plus Expands Sales Coverage into California


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 For more information on how Precision Plus’s advanced manufacturing capabilities can benefit you, contact Ryan Nuhn, Sales Engineer and Estimator, at

Haas CL-1

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


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.

Green Masters Program

Precision Plus Recognized as Green Professional by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has named Precision Plus a Green Professional within its Green Masters Program. Recognizing sustainable actions by businesses from across the state of Wisconsin, the Green Masters program works to identify businesses that have taken at least one action within each of the nine pillars of sustainability. Participants in the program receive recognition for their sustainability accomplishments and develop ideas for future sustainability actions.

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