"As a shop owner, the thing you hate most is sending a customer down the street with a part you can’t cut. He may take all his work elsewhere. That’s why we want to be a full-service job shop."
That is the principle that motivates Dan Mottl, president of Atlas Tool& Die Works Inc., a job shop in Lyons, IL. The company was founded in 1918 by his grandfather, a European-trained tool and die maker and machinist. Today, the company employs 65 people in its 50,000 sq.-ft. facility. Originally a general machine shop specializing in tools, die, and die repair, Atlas Tool has succeeded in fulfilling customer needs by utilizing the most current technology.
"Our company has reinvented itself several times over the years," Mottl explains, "each time providing a broader range of services than before. In the mid 1970s, we became one of the first shops in the Chicago area to have a wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) inhouse with a full-service die shop and stamping facility. We saw wire EDM as a way to make high-quality tools at the lowest possible price. It really was a big turning point, because we did get a whole new array of customers; not only for wire EDM, but for stamping and assembly as well."