Tuscano Machine: Keeping Manufacturing in the U.S.
June 23, 2020 • Corinne C.
Tuscano Machine is on a mission to keep manufacturing in the United States. They manufacture high-precision parts for assemblies across the country. Tuscano Machine is also building a future workforce by focusing on local education.
“Tuscano Machine essentially has three parts,” Julie Johnson, Tuscano Machine’s Vice President of Administration explained. “We have the for-profit machining, the non-profit work for the community and education and research.”
The company started in Wes Tuscano’s garage in 2018. Since then they have really taken off, moving into their new facility last year.
“I got my start hand programming Swiss Lathe machines,” Wes Tuscano, Tuscano Machine’s CEO said.
Tuscano explained that his background in programming helped in his transition to using 3D CAD software.
“Eventually, I bought a seat of Fusion 360 so I could open up files,” Tuscano said. “At that point, I was getting into bigger companies and things were getting real. I noticed there was a need for SOLIDWORKS. It is a simpler process and has way more capabilities. Also, being able to say to my client, ‘Yes, I have SOLIDWORKS,’ was one of the factors.”
With the company moving full speed ahead, another focus was community. “ReMade in Montana” is the nonprofit training enterprise housed within Tuscano Machine.
“ReMade in Montana was a big part of expanding the business and moving into the new facility,” Johnson explained. “We wanted education to be a part of it.”
The program teaches students traditional shop skills, which could lead to a machining career or an apprenticeship. They also teach interview and resume skills.
“We like to have students run their projects from the beginning to the end,” Johnson said. “They come up with the idea and see it through.”
Tuscano believes introducing students to real-world manufacturing is very important.
“I was 36 years old before I was introduced to any of this stuff,” Tuscano said. “Now that I understand the world of manufacturing and can see the benefits it can provide, there’s so much opportunity. It’s amazing to be able to introduce that at such an impressionable age.”
“We’re trying to build a future workforce,” Johnson continued. “We are creating training opportunities for both universities and high school age students.”
Tuscano hopes the model they are creating will be replicated at other manufacturers.
“I think this could be a model for duplication,” Tuscano explained. “If we can take a for-profit business and create a non-profit that allows us to dedicate time and money into education, and we can duplicate that in other cities and towns, the results would be unbelievable for American manufacturing.”
“Quest has been a great organization,” Tuscano said. “Every time I’ve had a question, they’ve answered it. Every time I’ve needed something done, they’ve done it. I have nothing but good things to say.”
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