Senator Collins cites visit to Arundel Machine during remarks supporting small business

On December 17, 2015, while speaking on the Senate floor in support of tax relief measures supporting small business, Senator Collins cited her visit to our facility. We were honored by her visit and are thankful for her voice of support for businesses like ours throughout the state, region, and country. For a transcript of her remarks, read below:

“Back in April, I introduced a bill to extend section 179 expensing, to extend the bonus depreciation provision, and to extend an expired provision that allows restaurants and retailers to depreciate their improvements and equipment over 15 years rather than a very unrealistic 39 years. I’m absolutely delighted that all three of these important provisions have been included in the tax bill that we will vote on tomorrow.

This will make a tremendous difference to small businesses, which create the majority of new jobs in this nation and are so important to communities across America. When I talk to small businesses in Maine, their number one complaint to me is that they never know what the tax code is going to be, and thus they tend to freeze their investment decisions, and therefore their job creation, until that becomes clear. And when it does not become clear until the final month of the year, they essentially lose the opportunity to make investments that otherwise would have occurred at the beginning of the year.

I remember talking to the owner of a precision machining shop in southern Maine who told me that when 179 expensing is in effect he knows that he will buy more equipment and that he will be able to hire more skilled workers. But when there is uncertainty about whether it will be put into effect retroactively, he loses that opportunity because the machinery he makes, that he buys requires a long lead time. Similarly, I have heard from Maine’s wonderful craft beer industry, which makes the best beer in the United States, but also is a very labor and capital intensive industry. Well when these provisions like bonus depreciation and small business expensing are part of the tax code in a permanent way, they can plan their investments, and that helps not only these breweries, it also helps the entire supply chain, including the farmers in Aroostook County that are providing the malted barley and the hops that go into these beers. My point is, that the ramifications of having certainty and ending the unpredictability in our tax code for these three vital small business provisions will help to create many more new jobs for our economy.”

New Equipment Added to Multi-Axis Machining Area

DMU-50An all new 5-Axis Machine has arrived from DMG-Mori. The new DMU-50 5-Axis Machining Center is the latest addition to the Multi-Axis Machining Area. This machine hit the floor in mid-November and was cutting chips before the Thanksgiving holiday break. The 5-Axis capability will become our focus as we begin 2016.

NTX-2000 DMG Mori 9-Axis Turn/Mill Acquired

NTX-2000Another advancement has been completed here at Arundel Machine. The new Multi-Axis Machining Area was unveiled as a new NTX-2000 DMG Mori 9-Axis Turn/Mill arrives. This is the second of these machines and expands the company’s capabilities for completing parts in a single set-up.

We are looking forward to putting this piece of equipment to great use!

Arundel Machine Expands, Adds 5,000 Sq. Ft.

In an effort to continually grow our capacity and services, we have completed an expansion of an additional 5,000 square feet of manufacturing space. This additional floor space is the new home of the entire turning department. This space has also created open floor area in the existing 25,000 square foot operation for a new Multi-Axis Machining area that will become dedicated to new state of the art equipment.

JenFab Cleaner and Room Addition

JenFabRecognizing an area of improvement and also time savings, Arundel Machine has recently added a JenFab Aqueous Cleaning System.

This addition included the construction of a new room specifically built to include a full Deionize Water System feeding the new Cleaner.

The unit allows a full process of pre-wash, sonic wash with rotation options, various rinse cycles and heat dry for a one stop part cleaning system.

Adding the JenFab unit and room is another enhancement for better and more consistent processing.