News Brief

June 2011

 We are settled in and gratefully have been quite busy. The building is working out great and we are excited about the available space that we now have to expand our capabilities.

Allen Leath received a very nice award in May from the Region 2000 Technology Council for Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011. He was nominated by Juliet Silver of Virtual IT and it was nice that he received recognition for all of his hard work over the years.

We are in the process of updating our Epicor software and we are confident that when completed it will make our operations run smoother. We also upgraded two of our knee mills recently with the TRAK K3 mills with the ProtTrak SMX-2 Controls.

February 2011

Front view of 3720 Cohen Place

We are back up and running after the big move. Many thanks to our employees who worked very hard and to Abbott Rigging for getting our equipment safely moved and installed over our Christmas shutdown. We also would like to thank Smoot Electric, Smith-Wimer Construction, Better Air and Precision Tile for all of their work in getting the building ready for us in a timely fashion. For their assistance and guidance in helping us to acquire this property which will provide for our continued growth we want to thank Karen Dyer ( First Citizens Bank ), Ron Lovelace ( Lovelace Norville Matthews & Crews PC ), Rick Scruggs ( Financial Designs ), Richard Bishop ( Dominion Air & Machinery ),Rick Read ( Coldwell Banker Forehand ), and Marjette Upshur Economic Development Director for the City of Lynchburg.




Aerial view of building & acreage
View from rear of shop showing area for growth

May 2010

We have added to our machining options with our third  horizontal machining center. This is an OKUMA Space Center MA-600 HB. It has 39 ” X 35 ” X 39 ” travels with a 50 taper 12,000 rpm spindle, 100 tool magazine,  40 horsepower and the OSP-P200M control. It’s increased travels and horsepower will allow us to run a larger variety of parts to better serve our customers. We also have recently upgraded one of our manual lathes for increased capacity it is a Select 3060G with an Accu-Rite DRO.

June 08

We are pleased to announce that we recently obtained our ISO 9001:2000 certification. Our audit was performed by ABS Quality Evaluations of Houston Texas. If you would like to view our certificate please click on the ISO link found on any page on our website. We are convinced that the regimen and discipline required to obtain, and maintain, the certification will serve us well in our efforts to provide our customers with exceptional service.

We have experienced a steady growth since we expanded our facility in 2006 and we have grown to twenty seven employees. We have added several new machines during this time, but in particular the OKUMA Multus Turning/Milling Machine has proven to be a great addition to our line of equipment. Due to its seven axis capability, synchronized spindles, and its 25 h.p. milling head, it has made us more competitive in both our quoting and actual production. Our versatile equipment, combined with our experience and dedication to quality and service, is why we encourage you to contact us to see how we can be of assistance to you.

November 06

Site Improvement Plan / 06 Expansion

2006 has been a busy year for us here at L & R. Last winter Coleman Adams broke ground on our expansion project and we now have all of our operations under one roof. We are quite pleased with the new building and the workmanship provided by Coleman Adams Construction Company of Forest, VA. The increased square footage to our production area, coupled with the vastly improved parking plus shipping and receiving areas, are a welcome addition. We also have available the adjacent four acre parcel that we purchased last year for future expansions or buildings as needed.We have added our second KIWA Horizontal Machining center with a 500mm X 500mm pallet with 120 tools. Also a Brown & Sharpe One CMM with PC DMIS software and motorized probe head. It’s travels are 27.6″ in X and Y and 19.7″ in Z. 

December 05

There is a lot going on as we head into winter here at L&R. Unfortunately not all of the news to report is good. Don Raby, cofounder of the company in 1997, passed away on August 4th 2005. Don had retired in the spring of 2004 so his passing won’t affect the day to day operations, but we simply wish, for he and his family, that he would have had more time to enjoy his retirement.