Die company finds success in diversification with Mitsubishi EDM/Laser

Die company finds success in diversification with Mitsubishi EDM/Laser

December 11, 2013 10:44:05 AM

About 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, near the town of Apollo, are the facilities of Rearick Tooling and its two subsidiaries, JIT Global Enterprises and JIT Prototyping. With 75,000 square feet of space in three buildings and 68 employees, the company has added 10,000 square feet for powder coating, welding, sandblasting and storage for JUST IN TIME delivery items. Pick up and delivery service is also available for Western Pennsylvania.

Being located in Armstrong Co. (HUB ZONE) plays a big part in allowing Rearick Tooling to employ young, experienced employees through co-op training programs. Owner Sam Rearick says, “Most of my employees live close to work, work a considerable amount of overtime and get paid for the time they would otherwise spend driving back and forth.”



Making A Start


Sam Rearick celebrates 25 years in business in 2007. Starting in his garage in 1982, Rearick spent six years manufacturing precision carbide tooling for the lead frame and connector business before expanding to his current facility. To grow the company, Rearick continues to purchase equipment which will expedite manufacturing and broaden the company’s capabilities.

 “Our driving force is to produce quality parts with very reasonable prices and with good deliveries,” explains Sam. “And our long-standing relationship with Mitsubishi is a driving force in meeting that goal.” The company purchased its first Mitsubishi, a 70F1 wire machine, in 1984. Sam adds, “We’re able to manufacture accurate parts with our Mitsubishi machines.” Machine performance, combined with good service from the local Mitsubishi representative, led to the company’s purchase of its ninth machine by 2007.

Diversifying The Business 

In 2001, in keeping with Rearick’s guiding philosophy of “broadening the base of customers and increasing company capability to manufacture,” the firm purchased the prototype stamping division from Baltec (Canonsburg, PA.). Most of us remember exactly what we were doing on 9/11 2001. Sam Rearick was moving the machines from Canonsburg to Apollo. This new fabrication capability broadened the spectrum of services and brought growth, but there was something missing. That something was a laser.

Shopping for a laser came in 2005. The company tested equipment from many laser manufacturers, but Sam’s existing relationship with Mitsubishi was a key factor in his decision making. Rearick knew that he could count on Mitsubishi for good service. The laser he chose—a Mitsubishi 3718 LVPLUS, with an eight-shelf tower—not only diversified Rearick’s capabilities, its automation added a new level of productivity.

Sam Rearick looks into the future and sees his employees’ extra effort as the key to success. “With the global competition, we are all called on to do more with less. Our company’s diverse capabilities, coupled with employee dedication, give our customers good dollar value,” explains Rearick. He continues, “By diversifying, we are giving our customers more options on how their products can be made. Partnering with a company like Mitsubishi, which can support multiple facets of our business, allows us to compete against those age-old problems of price, quality, and delivery.”


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