His son, Stuart Gilchrist, is general manager.
The head bender, Ron ??, went to school nights for drafting.
The head of the cutting department, Tin ??, left Viet Nam and has been working for Gilchrist since the 11th grade.
The head of the machine shop, Gary
??, is an "artist" with a degree in mechanical engineering.
And the head of welding, Jodi ??, is a "Frenchman from New York and boy does he
figure out how to put things together."
"They're my foundation," Gilchrist
Interpreting and understanding what a customer needs is critical and Gilchrist
says finding that out always starts with a conversation where what is wanted is separated from what is needed.
"Do you really want plus or minus five thousandths on that?
Is that what you want to pay for?
Tolerance equals time, and the tighter the tolerance, the longer it takes to get what you want."
said that by combining greater cost efficiency and shorter lead times gives him the ability to produce larger and more complex metal fabrications than others can handle.
"The reduced lead time is key with the pressures of today, as we are all doing more work with less people," he
With five axis precision milling centers, the ability to machine large metal components, and having experienced MIG and TIG welders gives GMF
the ability to deliver intricately machined and fabricated parts needed by customers across the country in various industries.
"When you're involved with any large project, many times when you finish, you'll think about all the things you could have done better; how things might have been made easier; and where you can improve," Gilchrist
said in a statement.
"With metal fabrication, it's no different, and I think a constant drive to improve is one of the reason's we've stayed strong over the years, despite what the state of the economy has been."
Gilchrist notes that one of the projects his
company does for deep water drilling is to make large molds that have extremely tight tolerances.
One of his
competitors tried making them and got out of it.
"You just have to think about it and work at it a little bit," Gilchrist
said speaking of his