Properties Magazine November 2012 : Page 57

Exacting Environment Precision Production modernizes with move to renovated headquarters building By Jeanne Bluffstone | Photos by Ken Krych recision Production’s new, 36,000-square-foot facility at 8250 Dow Circle in Strongsville has raised standards for other manufacturers to follow. It’s not only modern and efficient, but the former warehouse also was redesigned in a way that adds to employee satisfaction and retention. P Located in an upscale industrial park close to freeway access, Precision Production has a contemporary, crisp white exterior, attractive landscaping and a large parking lot, which together create a fitting setting for the state-of-the-art manufacturing processes taking place inside. Precision Production is an ISO 9002 certified manufacturer of machined components for the automotive, aero-space and other demanding industries. The company has wide capabilities and is able to utilize modern shop manage-ment systems to custom manufacture components on the newest Citizen Swiss turning centers and Okuma lathes. Matt Carson, vice president of Precision Production, and his partner Craig Cook, president, purchased the company in 1995. At that time the company was located in North Royalton and relo-cated to Cleveland. Precision Production began to grow quickly, and within little more than 15 years, it began to need more space, but there was no room for expansion in its existing facility. It was obvious that the company would have to leave the outdated, 14,000-square-foot building that had been the company’s home for many years. By the time it took on a search for a new space, Precision Production had doubled its original size. The team needed room for its ongoing purchases of machinery and expanding list of employees and wanted to add to employee satisfaction by creating enhancements for shop per-sonnel. The building purchased would also have to be large enough to allow for future growth. The list of requirements was very spe-cific. First of all, Precision Production needed space for its dozens of state-of-the-art machines and room for the additional heavy machinery that the business planned to purchase in the future. Equally important, the company wanted a convenient location for its 40 employees and wanted it to be a loca-tion that would attract qualified future employees. Cook and Carson planned an employee environment to improve work conditions for existing employees. This was achieved in the new facility by creating large restrooms, an ample lunch-room and large locker area which would enhance the working environment for shop personnel and new employees as the company continued to grow. The search took some two-and-a-half-years, but eventually Carson found exactly what was needed in an upscale industrial park in Strongsville. The building had been a warehouse and was predominantly an open space with a few offices. It was precast concrete – obvi-ously very durable – and the 30-foot warehouse ceiling created a sense of www.propertiesmag.com 57

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