Catamount Machine Works
Catamount Machine Works came to life on Memorial Day 2005 with the Indianapolis 500 playing on the television in the background. Owner Al Jenkins had installed the shop's first machine tool, a Haas VF-2 SS, a few weeks earlier and driven to Atlanta to pickup the tooling he needed. 'That first job was a component for the communications industry,” explains owner Al Jenkins. “The buyer for that business basically talked me into starting my own shop.”
Starting small, Catamount used that first vertical machining center to fulfill nearly all customer orders. Flexible and precise, it served double and triple duty. Word spread and jobs flowed in for weights and measurement parts; fiber optic components; aircraft antennas; packaging equipment; and marine lighting components. “Our business model was fairly simple: we produced the highest quality parts that we could, delivered them on time, and gave the customer a fair price,” says Jenkins.
Jenkins soon realized that he had could attract even more work if he expanded the shop's capabilities. “From the very beginning we relied on the Florida Haas Factory Outlet to keep our business running,” adds Jenkins. “The quality and responsiveness of their service techs was outstanding.” Sticking with Haas was clearly the right choice to grow. Ultimately another five machines were added: three vertical machining centers and two CNC lathes
In 2010, Catamount Machine Works expanded into a 7500 square foot facility on 7.7 acres of land to better serve their growing list of customers. Are they done growing yet? “We're looking to add a larger mill and lathe with live tooling,” concludes Jenkins. “From a personnel standpoint, we would also like to add two high level machinists and a couple more shop hands”