Rand Holds Open House, CEO Touts Spirit Of Manufacturing In County

FALCONER – Rand Precision Machining, located at 2072 Allen St. Ext., celebrated a grand re-opening Friday, with an open house and lunch for guests, employees, and elected officials.
President And CEO of Rand Precision Machining Kurt Grimm said that throughout the day he received a lot of good feedback and thanks for keeping Rand open in Falconer.
“There is still a very strong manufacturing mindset in this area,” said Grimm. “It is easy to recruit talented people who want to be involved in manufacturing and that is hard to come by in every section of the country.”
Grimm explained that Rand creates products for the defense, aerospace, industrial and commercial arenas.
“We make those parts out of different types of metals using machine tools,” said Grimm. “We are a fully integrated manufacturing shop but most importantly do extremely and important complex work.”
Grimm said over the last 30 years the country has shifted away from emphasizing manufacturing as a viable career, which makes it harder for companies like Rand to hire good workers.
“We thought we were going to become a service economy, strictly, we stopped putting machine shops at schools,” Grimm explained. “We, as a society, did not promote this work as being good work, but here people make very solid wages with benefits and overtime.”
A job fair was also hosted during the open house. Grimm said his company is actively looking for Machinists, CNC Lathe & Mill Operators, Engineers, Quality Control CMM Operators and Programmers.
New York State Congressman Tom Reed also attended the event touring the facility along with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi.
Premier Precision Machining previously purchases Rand Machine Products, a nearly 75-year-old company, in October 2017.