News Brief

August 2013

August 2013


We have unfortunate news to report today. On Saturday, August 24th, Allen Leath, our President, passed away. Allen had been diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. He had been receiving treatment and was making good progress so his passing was unexpected.

Allen was meticulous in everything that he did, including his plans in case anything ever happened to him. His brother Clay Leath and the family have indicated that they want to see L & R to continue to grow and prosper. Clay also works in the machining industry and was very aware of Allen’s intentions and goals for the company. For the foreseeable future the company will move forward with its existing management team consisting of Jackie Satterfield, Scott Mullins and Chris Coffey to ensure a seamless transition. Due to Allen’s foresight the company remains on a solid financial and management footing.

Clay has requested that we convey to everyone that first and foremost we are going to fulfill our commitments to our employees, customers, vendors and business associates.

Allen was an exceptional individual. The things that we keep hearing from everyone, who knew him, is what a first class gentleman he was in addition to being a true friend and a man of his word. He will be sorely missed, and his leadership has guided us to a very good position and we are positive we will continue to be successful and intend to make this an even greater company to honor his legacy.

L&R will be closed on Friday August 30th to allow employees the opportunity to attend Allen’s burial in Woodlawn, VA. We will return on Tuesday September 3rd.

Allen Scott Leath

Allen Scott Leath, 47, of Bedford, Virginia died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, Virginia after a brief illness.

Allen was born on Monday, June 20, 1966, in Winston Salem, NC.

A graduate of West Forsyth High School in 1984, he also graduated from Surry Community College in Dobson, NC, with a degree in machine technology in 1986.

He worked in the machining industry prior to starting L&R Precision Tooling, Inc. in 1997. In 2011, he was voted the Region 2000 Entrepreneur of the year and was also recognized as a finalist for the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award given by the Darden School of business of The University of Virginia.

A lover of nature and the outdoors, Allen was an avid deer and turkey hunter and a wildlife conservationist.

Allen is preceded in death by his mother Laura Jean Leath. He is survived by his father, Fred Leath of Galax, VA, a brother, Clay Leath of Lewisville, NC, two sisters, Sherry Leath of Advance, NC, Ginger Moore and her husband, Jason of Mocksville, NC. Beloved nieces and nephews, Troy and Lacey Moore, Josh, Amanda and Cody Leath and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may call at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg from 5:00 -8:00 pm Wednesday, August 28, 2013. The body will also lie in state and the family will receive friends from 12:00 – 2:00 pm Friday, August 30, 2013 at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Woodlawn, VA. A graveside service will be conducted following the visitation at 2:00 pm at The Woodlawn Cemetery with Barry Kenny officiating.

The family would like to extend appreciation to Jackie Satterfield, Chris Coffey and Scott Mullins. Also, special thanks to all of the other employees, customers and suppliers of L&R Precision Tooling, Inc. and to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 2840 Electric Road, Suite 106A, Roanoke, VA 24018.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

March 2013


We have added to our horizontal machining center lineup. It’s an Okuma MB400H with 35 H.P. 15,000 rpm spindle, dual pallets, 400 mm table, full four axis index capability, 22” x 22” x 24.5” travels, 40 taper, 1000 psi coolant, OSP 200M control and 110 tool changer. This is our fourth horizontal and will allow us to be more competitive on our production quantity parts.

February 2013

We recently added another CMM. It is a Brown & Sharpe ONE 7-10-7 with PC-DMIS software and motorized probe. It is larger than our other two Brown & Sharpe CMM’s, with 27.6” x 39.4” x 27.6” measurement range.

December 2012


We have upgraded our last two older knee mills.  One with a Southwestern TRAK K3 with the Prototrak SMX-2 control. The other with the Southwestern TRAK DPM three axis mill with the TRAK AGE 3 control. We also have replaced our oldest manual lathe with a Select 1860 G Lathe.  It is 18” X 60”, 7.5 h.p., 3.07” spindle bore with a Newall DP 700 digital read out.

October 2012

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We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of our MAKINO Duo 64 Wire EDM. It is  four axis capable with travels of 25.6” in X, 15.74” in Y and 16.5” in Z.

L&R received recognition from the business and educational communities again this year.  We were selected as a semi-finalist in the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award in September and as a nominee in the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

January – 2012


We have added a new piece of equipment that will enable us to run complex parts ( that normally would require multiple set ups ) in a more efficient manner. It will complement the Okuma Multus B300w that we already utilize. It is an Okuma Multus B200w multifunction turning/milling center with full seven axis capability, 16 h.p. milling head with 12,000 rpm spindle with 6″ synchronized main and sub spindles with a LNS bar feed.

October 2011


We are pleased to announce that L & R was named as a finalist in the University of Virginia’s second annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition. L & R was one of fourteen finalists from among eighty eight total businesses statewide to enter this years competition.

As a finalist for the awards we had the honor of attending the dinner, reception and awards presentation in the Dome Room of the University of Virginia’s historic Rotunda.

Our congratulations are extended to Lindstrand USA, Inc. of South Boston, VA on being selected the winner in the manufacturing category.

We also have recently added a Haas VF3-SS Vertical Machining Center to our lineup. It is 30 h.p. with a 12,000 rpm spindle with full four axis index capability.

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.