Robert Hand, founder of Hand Precision Machining LLC celebrates the success of his first 25 years in business Monday. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
Hand Precision Machining LLC staff are celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary this week at their 127 Eastgate Road location. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
Enjoying a celebration lunch at Hand Precision Machining LLC Monday, from left, Bryce Templeton, Steven Hand and founder Robert Hand. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
Robert Hand and his staff at Hand Precision Machining, LLC, celebrated their first 25 years in business Monday at their 127 Eastgate St. location.
A Los Alamos native and graduate of Los Alamos High School, Hand said he started machining with his father in the garage in the evenings. He said at that time there was a metal class at the high school. Hand worked with his father at Jona Manufacturing Services, Inc. for five years and in 1993, decided to branch out on his own.
“When I started, there was just me but over the years we have increased to 10 people working here,” Hand said. “Our name got out and we had a good reputation, so we got lots of repeat customers.”
Hand said many people do not realize the diversity of the work done by the company.
“We do everything from sharpening ice skates to manufacturing custom pieces for Los Alamos National Laboratory and engineering contractors and subcontractors throughout the area,” he said.
Hand said there’s nowhere in town that does custom welding, so his staff end up doing projects ranging from repairing a lawnmower to working on research and development custom items for the Lab.
“Our philosophy is that we can do it all. We are not just involved in production – we get to work on lots of neat stuff that comes out of the Lab,” Hand said.
He and his staff are particularly excited about doing support work for some of the start-up companies that have emerged in the area. The company also does laser engraving work, engraving trophies, jewelry, plaques and even Nambe ware.
Hand Precision Machining is at 127 Eastgate St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Holding down the fort during Monday’s celebration at Hand Precision Machining is Office Manager Andrea Dorsey. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
Dave Golubosky, left, and Neil Baker celebrate Hand Precision Machinery LLC’s 25th anniversary Monday. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
Employees Ross Spink, left, and Domenic Cunico welcome guests at Hand Precision Machining LLC Monday. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
Hand Precision Machining, LLC employees engraved a knife as a gift for founder Robert Hand in honor of his 25 years in business.Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
On the job Monday at Hand Precision Engineering LLC, from left, C.J. Moraga, Bryce Templeton and Larry Winslow. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
Anniversary Cake. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com