James Tool Machining & Engineering Inc., in Morganton, North Carolina, started as a five-man machine shop in 1987, and has grown steadily over 25 years.  Now – under the management of Jeff Toner, son of founder James “Bud” Toner — the business operates three manufacturing centers: engineering and producing hydraulic workholding, CNC production machining, and precision short run CNC machining. It is a well-established supplier of machined components to Fortune 500 companies and first-tier suppliers in the aerospace, heavy equipment, automotive, oil-and-gas, nuclear energy, and transport sectors. 

And, recently James Tool achieved AS9100 certification for its manufacturing protocols and processes. 

“We were driven by a need for market diversification and expansion of our current business,” Jeff Toner explained, “building on the strengths established from our aerospace success. “Our goal is to secure more business in market sectors that demand the same precision and production efficiencies as our aerospace customers.” 

Toner explained how the company, already recognized for its in-house engineering of hydraulic workholding systems and its precision CNC machining capabilities, set out to obtain AS9100 registration in order to offer greater value for its aerospace customers, both current accounts and potential ones. The aerospace market is one of the fastest-growing manufacturing sectors in the Southeast.