Universal Machine & Tool Company was formed by Darrel and Carolyn Gillespie in 1988, initially as a small machine shop making repair parts for local industry. In 1991, the expanding business was relocated to the present location in Brookside Industrial Park. From a start with a small lathe and milling machine operated by Darrel in a garage, many pieces of larger and more sophisticated CNC machinery have been added. Today the original Brookside Lane building has been more than doubled in size to over 51,000 sq. ft., with 30 employees serving a large local and regional market.
Building on Darrel’s background in the printing and bookbinding industry, Universal Machine first focused on producing machine parts for that industry. As the company’s reputation grew, orders began to develop from other industries.
Today the customer list comprises most of the major local industries including Eastman Chemical Co., AGC Flat Glass, Domtar Paper Co., BAE Systems, Snap-On Tools and many other regional and national customers such as Moog-Protokraft, Hoover Precision and Silgan Plastic Closure Solutions.
More than 25 years after our humble beginnings, UMT maintains its reputation as a precision machine shop, producing complex, critical tolerance parts in carbon steel, stainless steel and more exotic engineering materials. We are a family owned and operated business built on the philosophy of high quality and low price, where you can still deal directly with the owner and receive exceptional customer service.