He said Pre-Tech doesn’t have any job openings at present, but may be adding jobs as it wins new contracts.
“We want to expand for the future. We hope the AS9100C certification opens new avenues in the medical field.”
He said Pre-Tech has a wide group of aerospace contracts now.
“Ninety percent of what we make flies. It goes in something that flies. On any given day, a dozen jobs are being worked on.”
Because most of their work is for government and commercial aerospace industries, they can’t discuss specific products or customers, Kahler said.
They’re continually bidding on new contracts for Pre-Tech, he said.
“You perfect your process to be the best. Everyone was trained here. Some of our young people have the best skills you can imagine.”
Machine was key
The Akuma machine enabled them to get a significant aerospace contract, Kahler said.
“We bought it to get the contract. It can run continuously. Eventually we’ll set it up so it will be turning out parts when no one is here.”
Right now, the machine is fabricating electronics housings for an aerospace application.
Ron Hayford of Port Henry is fabricating parts in another section of the plant.
“Once you grasp it, it’s great,” he said of the work. “I love it here.”
Quality control at Pre-Tech is handled by John Defelice.
“It requires a lot of inspecting,” he said, using a Tesa Micro-Hite that does three-dimensional measurement scanning of parts. “Some items have 15 or 16 pages of specifications. You inspect and inspect and inspect. There’s a lot of paperwork.”
But the attention to detail pays off, Kahler said.
“In 2011, we received the national Supplier of the Year award from a Fortune 500 company we do work for. It was based on performance excellence. Quality is our highest priority. We pride ourselves on producing high-quality parts that meet or exceed a customer’s requirements.”
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