Mesa Machine Shop Increases Capacity for Specialized Services

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Empire Precision Machining grows to better serve local and national clients.

Empire Precision Machining (EPM), one of the few machine shops in the west able to mill extremely large components, doubled that capacity last fall with the addition of a 20,000-pound-capacity CNC horizontal boring mill. A new SNK/Nissin BP130-3.5 mill – the shop’s second – was installed, calibrated and commissioned at EPM’s Mesa, Arizona facility. A third will be added this year.

The new mill is part of an expansion program that began in 2010 when the machine shop doubled its facility’s footprint. Technicians for the 30-year-old company perform repair, restoration and fabrication services on all types and sizes of machine and heavy equipment parts. They also have the capacity to perform precise inspection and measurement services virtually anywhere, using a FARO portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Their expertise with oversize and overweight components (up to 20,000 pounds) and their reputation for quality workmanship have earned EPM international ranking as one the top five repair machine shops in the Caterpillar global network.

EPM will also expand its High-Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) capacity this year. The HVOF process, which creates a super-hard coating that replaces (and outperforms) traditional chrome, is ideal for cylindrical components. EPM is one of only two operations in the United States to offer the coating during repair, and will add a second HVOF booth in the coming months.

About Empire Precision Machining
Empire Precision Machining is a division of Empire Southwest, LLC, the authorized Caterpillar® dealer for heavy construction equipment and engines in Arizona, Southeastern California and portions of Northern Mexico. In addition, Empire is a provider of commercial solar power systems and an authorized dealer for agriculture machinery from AGCO, Challenger, Massey Ferguson and other leading manufactures. The third-generation, family owned company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. Empire locations include Apache Junction, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Eloy, Flagstaff, Kingman, Nogales, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Safford, Show Low, Tucson and Yuma, Arizona; Imperial and Blythe, California; and Mexicali, Mexico. More information is available at


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Chris Zaharis