MUSCATINE, Iowa–For Brian Lee, the machining industry has a family connection. For years, his father worked in the trade, and Lee had a deep respect for the work he did. After spending 20 satisfying years working for Geneva Country Club, Lee felt ready to find a career that allowed him more time with his family. When he saw the owner of Precision Machine planned to retire at the end of the year in 2019, he knew he had found the perfect opening for him. “I wanted to have more nights and weekends free and I had this opportunity, so I decided to dive in,” he shared. “I saw an opportunity and I dug into it and I was invested in it,” he added.
Originally founded in 1994, Precision Machine does specialized work fashioning parts for individuals, small businesses, and large companies. “As a custom machine shop, we machine metal, plastic, and aluminum, and make parts for different businesses in Muscatine,” Lee explained. Currently, Precision Machine does work for Bridgestone Bandag, the City of Muscatine, Gerdau, and Kent Corporation, just to name a few.
With over a year of experience under his belt, Lee still feels fascinated by all of the intricate custom pieces they can create. “It’s amazing that you can take different materials, like steel and aluminum, and make parts using different tools and cutters,” he said: “You learn something every day. It’s not an industry where you can learn everything–you are always educating yourself.” As Lee began his work, he appreciated his father’s help and guidance in making sure he knew what to do to offer the highest quality machine work possible.
Since taking the helm at Precision Machine at the end of 2019, Lee has worked hard to expand the business. To help him with this task, he sought out the expertise of the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, who he had also collaborated with while at Geneva. “They were good people to work with, and I knew that they could get the word out as I started at this existing business,” he stated.
Going into his second year, Lee looks forward to continuing to cultivate relationships with area businesses in need of machined parts. As he put it, one of his favorite parts of working with the Muscatine community involves, “just getting to know this industry and the people in it and building those relationships.”
If your business has a need for custom machined work, Lee encourages you to contact him at Precision Machine to discuss everything his company can do for you. You may reach Precision machine by calling their shop, located at 502 Grandview Avenue, Muscatine, at 563-263-3604, or by emailing Lee directly at [email protected].