T&J Manufacturing LLP
Issue Sept Oct14
Based in Middletown, Conn., the firm offers precision machining at affordable prices to its clients, which include Midstate Berkshire, Barnes Aerospace, Wyman Gordon and Spincraft.
T&J offers a quality machining service for its customers who require precision parts and quick turnarounds.
Co-owners Mark Jablonski and Chris Targonski founded the company in 1997 with a 10,000-square-foot location in New Britain, Conn., and only four machines. “Over the years, they expanded, bought more machines and outgrew that building,” says Daniel Jablonski, who is the quality manager for the firm and Mark Jablonski’s son.
Today, T&J’s headquarters in Middletown features 35,000 square feet of manufacturing space and a 1,200-square-foot inspection area. The company’s clients, Daniel Jablonski notes, provide the material, which T&J can machine at a higher level than its competitors.
Jablonski joined T&J in 2006 and is proud of how far the company has come over the past 17 years. “We have been able to provide our customers with good products and on-time deliveries,” he says, noting that up to 70 percent of its work consists of repeat clients.
But the company did not earn such loyalty without working hard, he asserts. It has focused heavily on quality, which has earned it AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 certifications. Additionally, “We’re always looking for risks in jobs,” he says.
This sense of responsibility is not just limited to the workers on T&J’s manufacturing floor. “The owners are always doing walks in the shop and watching the manufacturing,” Jablonski says. “They’re keeping an eye out on different safety issues and how each job is running.”
At the Right Levels
T&J has sought to become more efficient, Jablonski says. For the past six months, the company has utilized the kanban scheduling system, he says. Although T&J is still new to the process, it is already seeing benefits.
“We’ve been able to keep inventory levels lower and keep items in stock that we need,” he says. “We don’t see items running out as much as we used to. This helps us keep up with our delivery schedules.”
However, the company has just started its lean journey, Jablonski asserts. “We’ve started to apply the lean principles, but it’s still a long way to perfection,” Jablonski admits. “Our goal is to continuously improve all processes at T&J so that we can continue to exceed customers’ expectations and be able to reduce costs.”
T&J’s clients have strong manufacturing capabilities. For example, the Westfield, Mass.-based Midstate Berkshire has manufactured components and assemblies for the aerospace, defense, power generation, and oil and gas industries for more than six decades.
“We’re dedicated to the high-quality, precision machining, fabrication and assembly of these critical systems to ensure they work as designed, each and every time, instilling confidence in our customers,” the company says.
Midstate Berkshire has 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space and the ability to handle large- and small-scale components. “Our operations include more than 100 state-of-the-art, multi-axis CNC machining stations, handling volumes ranging from prototyping to full-scale manufacturing,” Midstate Berkshire says.
“In addition to our certified and experienced workforce, we’ve established a network of material sourcing, machining and testing components so that we can provide our customers with the best, most complete services at the best rates,” the company says. “Coupled with our lean-manufacturing-based process, we deliver faster, more cost-effective turnkey solutions without compromising quality, precision or components performance.”