My name is Scott. I was born in 1957 and first started working in the screw machine industry in 1976. I started as a Set-up trainee, and progressed to General Foreman in the same shop by 1983. We ran three shifts with over 35 machines and a crew of 18 people.
When my wife and I moved farther north, I spent the next six years in a CNC shop making very small microwave connectors held to +/- .0001" tolerance.
Later I spent several years working for a molding company. I set up a small multi-spindle screw machine department for them, as well as managing their tool room and plant maintenance departments.
In 1995, I was approached to start a screw machine shop in NH for an out-of-state corporation. I started with 12 machines and 2500 sq. ft.
Our first shop in Holderness. Photo 1996
After several expansions, we relocated to a nearby town and filled the shop of 14,000 sq. ft. with 82 screw machines.
As General Manager, I kept some machines running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with less than a dozen employees. We were proud of being extremely cost-efficient. Monitoring cameras enabled the shop foreman and I to view the shop from our home PCs in the off hours. This way, any breakdowns of hot jobs could be taken care of on a timely basis.
We did more short runs than the average cam shop. We did a minimum of 150 setups per year, and we cut around 100 sets of cams per year. We also did 99% of our own repairs, including Esco tool head refurbishing.
I enjoyed training green employees, and felt very proud when they reached the level of doing cam design, cam cutting, and machine repair.
The shop in 2002.
In 2006, the shop moved for a third time, this time to it's own building within a large complex. We again moved everything ourselves, including the machines which now numbered 86. The move gave us more room for expansion, better lighting, and great loading docks.
A new phase of my life began on June 1st, 2008.
Scott L. Golden
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