Hughes Parker Industries, based in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, has announced continued expansion of its business. During 2006, the company has invested $1 million in new equipment and has added 25 jobs.
The company has acquired two new Trumpf CNC press brakes for fabrication. These support production of new structural chassis components for Caterpillar forestry equipment such as skid loaders. The new press brakes allow parts to be formed quickly, with great precision. Fabrication Supervisor Brent Hill notes, “Work that used to take an entire day now takes two hours.” This increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness enables Hughes Parker to be more competitive in winning new business.
In support of new Paccar (Peterbilt and Kenworth) business, the company has also installed two new CNC Accurpress assembly cells. These provide more capacity and better process control, reducing the risk of operator error and scrap during assembly of chassis and structural components for trucks. The next technical advancement for Hughes Parker will be new robotic weld assembly cells. Mike Stigall, General Manager for Hughes Parker, says, “We project a 15% growth rate for the coming year with the new business we are seeing. For example, Hughes Parker recently won $850,000 in business for Carrier. With major customers such as these, we will continue to build this business.
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Hughes Parker is owned by JMAC Inc. of Worthington, Ohio, with two plants in Lawrenceburg and one in Manchester, Tennessee. The company is TS certified and specializes in precision metal stamping and related services for copper, brass, stainless steel, and aluminum materials. Most of Hughes Parker sales are spread across the heavy truck, lawn & garden, recreational equipment, and automotive markets, with clients including Carrier, Cummins, Sharp, and Yamaha. The company currently employs about 175 people.