Upper Bucks manufacturer celebrates opening of new home
A Quakertown-area manufacturer hosted an open house Friday for its new factory, which more than doubles the space of its former home.
Leaders at Precision Finishing Inc. offered tours of its new manufacturing, warehousing and office space at 1800 AM Drive in Milford Township near the Quakertown exit of Interstate 476.
A family owned company in business for more than 60 years, Precision Finishing sells equipment, manufactures chemicals and provides finishing services for companies that make metal products.
Brothers Thom and Jeff Bell own the Upper Bucks company and have several family members working for them.
After occupying less than 18,000 square feet in a Sellersville facility, company officials said their new site offers a more efficient layout and production flow with 43,000 square feet.
Built by Gorski Engineering of Collegeville, the new space has a production area of 16,000 square feet with new and upgraded finishing equipment, two floors of offices with conference rooms and a cafeteria, a warehousing/shipping area of 15,000 square feet and a manufacturing area of 20,000 square feet.
The company also creates floor cleaners geared for industrial floors, rust prevention products, parts washing compounds and offers contract finishing services for everything from powdered metal to injection molding and screw machine parts through Checker Industries, a Pittsburgh-based division of Precision Finishing.
Precision Finishing also uses the process of accelerated surface finishing and automotive parts are a major sector.
“We manufacture the chemicals and processes that go into these things,” said Dean Bell, operations engineer of Precision Finishing and Checker Industries. “We do a lot of automotive. Our largest industry is medical. We also serve firearms.”
Everything made by a machine needs finishing, which means Precision Finishing has a great number of capabilities.
Its facility has new pieces of process equipment for finishing services, such as an aqueous belt washer, automated belt blasting system and a direct pressure indexing blast machine.
The facility also has an area for chemical manufacturing, where it mixes and blends chemistry products and packages them all in-house, Dean Bell said. The company also sells these compounds. Chemtrol is the company's brand of vibratory finishing and washing compounds.
QUALITY AND AFFORDABILITY
Finishing often is the last step in the manufacturing process, said Jeffrey Bell, technical process engineer for Precision Finishing. The challenge is often in providing the highest quality at a price point the customer can meet.
As company officials explained, by using an accelerated superfinishing process, the company can greatly improve the performance and life span of parts over coatings and platings as compared to conventional polishing methods.
Through its shipping area, the company sends about 50 tractor-trailers per week to and from the site, Jeffrey Bell added.
Automation also plays a role in ramping up efficiency for the company.
“We have some fully automated machines,” Jeffrey Bell said. “Operators are always required to do spot checking and ensure quality. Parts are constantly getting changed.”
The facility also has an area for compressed air machines, an essential component for the company’s operations, since air helps remove residue and has to be pristine for the products.
In addition, the building is climate-controlled to create a secure and controlled environment, Jeffrey Bell said.
With 48 total employees and 39 of them in its new facility, Precision Finishing has room to grow, with space for an additional 30,000 square feet.