The History and Future of
Star Engineering & Machine Company
In 1965 Star Engineering and Machine Co., Inc. was founded based on the belief that providing quality-machining services at a reasonable cost would provide a working business model. Through the years, this business concept has been maintained. Many changes have occurred in the realm of machining capabilities, as well as customer requirements. As the customer requires tighter tolerances and better overall quality, the machine operator needs better abilities and equipment to continually improve and satisfy changing customer needs. In addition, as the operator and machinery improve, Star Engineering is able to provide continued cost reductions and improved quality to the customer.
After growing through the late 1960's, Star Engineering performed a series of expansions at the former Wayne Street location. By 2007, Star Engineering had begun to outgrow it's 20,800 modern square foot shop on Wayne Street and began a new building project to nearly double the floor space to just under 40,000 square feet. During the winter of 2008, the new facility at 1717 West Lancaster Street in Bluffton was completed. Moving to the new location, machinery, equipment and personnel were fully in place by April 2008. Aside from the larger modern climate controlled building, the new site on Lancaster Street allows plenty of room for future continued growth.
Along with the building, the machinery has continually changed through the years. In the 1960's and 70's manual machines ruled the day. In the 1980's, the machining industry saw a major change in machine abilities with the introduction of the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine. The computer control allows the operator to maintain tighter tolerances and be more productive. The 1990's and 2000’s have ushered the use of process automation and computer aided gauging, which further reduces the load of the operator. Automation has insured the continued ability of Star Engineering to be competitive in world markets.
The quality system at Star Engineering has evolved through the years. It is no longer adequate to double-check a part to insure that it is to specification. Today, the whole company must focus on eliminating the possibility of a problem extending to the customer. To achieve this focus, Star Engineering implemented a formal Quality management system and became ISO/TS 16949:2002 registered in December 2003. The ISO/TS 16949:2002 registration was updated in May of 2008 to cover the new larger facility at 1717 West Lancaster Street. Finally, Star Engineering was updated to the ISO/TS 16949:2009 latest revised edition of the standard on November 5, 2009.
U.S. Group who also holds US Equipment Company and Cellular Concepts purchased Star Engineering in 1990. Since then Star has grown by increasing sales and upgrading equipment. With the financial backing, Star is able to acquire the tools needed to compete globally in our markets.
The future certainly looks bright because of the continuing efforts being made to insure Star Engineering is a leader in the markets served.