Our Story

Reese Machine Company was started in 1976 by Lorain Reese in the basement of his house in Austinburg, Ohio. He had a Bridgeport mill and engine lathe that he would make miscellaneous parts for buddies and himself. Then one of his friends asked if he could make a pin that was used on a piece of railroad maintenance of way equipment. He made the part and realized there were a lot of wear items on this equipment and started making more. As the company grew, he added more equipment and employees. His wife Marilyn and 3 boys, Doug, Dale and Craig were active helpers in the business.

Doug and Lorain
Doug and Lorain
Dale
Dale
Craig
Craig

In 1981 he bought a new Mori Seiki SL3 CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lathe, which was the newest technology at that time. The salesman could not believe he was putting it in his basement. This new machine provided faster production of parts and better quality.

Mori Seiki lathe being delivered to basement shop
Mori Seiki lathe being delivered to basement shop.

 

With the increase in production, more floor space was needed. In 1985, the current building in Ashtabula was purchased. More CNC equipment was added and the parts offered increased as well. Reese Machine also branched out and started doing work for the local chemical plants and businesses in town.

In 1990, Dale Reese joined the company full time after getting his Mechanical Engineering degree from The University of Akron. He purchased the company in 2002 after his father retired. The company continues to grow and has customers across the United States and Canada. The commitment to providing quality products at competitive prices is accomplished with modern equipment, knowledge, and great employees.