L&R was honored with being named the Small Business of the Year for 2014 by the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. As a result of the award our local ABC affiliate, WSET, came into our shop and recorded a segment on us. It was very nice to be able to talk about Allen and the business that he founded and how we are all working hard to continue his legacy.
With the acquisition of the Okuma Palletace / Fastems Flexible Manufacturing System we are also moving forward with our plans for AS9100 certification. We see it as the natural progression for us and expect implementation to be complete by the end of the year. We look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Clay, Ginger and Sherry have been pleased with the performance of the company and have promoted three members of the management team. They have announced the new positions of Vice President for their appropriate areas and they are Scott Mullins, V.P. Manufacturing, Jackie Satterfield, V.P. Finance and Chris Coffey, V.P. Business Development. Each of these employees has greater than fifteen years of experience with the company and they are proud to be carrying on with Allen’s plans and vision for L&R.
We have added to our equipment in our Prototype / Small Quantity area with our new Southwestern Industries TRL 1845SX Lathe with the ProtoTrak SLX Control. We have just completed an upgrade to our ERP software for even more improved scheduling and traceability. We also have recently added three new people and our current employee count is forty.