Ace Clearwater is investing $1.5 million per year upgrading equipment, training our workforce and exploring new technology that it hopes will attract a “next generation” of manufacturing worker. “Our main focus is trying to find new talent,” Vice President Gary Johnson says. “We want to break the misconceptions about manufacturing because it is an industry where you can do really cool stuff. Manufacturing is the backbone of this country.”
To meet growing demand, ACE Clearwater has added six large machining centers to bring more in-house control to its tooling and machine shop. The company acquired a nine-foot Faro Arm with laser scanning capabilities for portable inspection of dies and large assemblies, which improves production flow. Two new drop-hammers were also installed to increase capacity at its metal forming facility.