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Celebrating 65 Years

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Paying Tribute to the Man Behind it All

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It is quite an accomplishment for a small U.S. company to make it in the manufacturing sector for 65 consecutive years.  However, there can be no greater triumph than to have achieved this milestone under the leadership of a single family with continued involvement by the founder of the business. Sister company, Precision Automation Co., Inc., celebrated 65 years of business on January 7, 2011 by holding a gala event at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield, New Jersey.  In addition to celebrating 65 years of success in the manufacturing industry, Precision Automation Co., Inc. paid tribute to its founder, G. Frederick Rexon, Sr.  A dinner provided the backdrop for a very special celebration of which colleagues from pāco manufacturing® were invited to attend.  The combined celebration included all the employees and their spouses, retirees and their spouses, the Rexon family, colleagues and friends.

It was a night filled with the presentation of milestone awards by executive vice-president, Dan Pomponio, to many employees who have continued their careers with Precision Automation for 25 years or more. Also an impassioned speech from the president, Fred Rexon Jr., who acknowledged the company’s continued existence through a tough economic slump and indicators of a promising future. The balance of the evening included testimonials to Mr. Rexon from colleagues and lifelong friends.

One of those impassioned speeches came from the president of pāco manufacturing®, Glen Morris, who explained to our “Jersey” colleagues how Mr. Rexon founded the Indiana plant back in 1953. Regarding Mr. Rexon, Glen Morris had this to say:

‘The Indiana Company has had to go down many bumpy roads. Many of those bumps could have been reason for him to give up and just close up shop. Thankfully, he never chose that option. Mr. Rexon has always supported our Indiana Company through bad times and full of praise in good times. He never gave up on the people. Those of us working there now and those that preceded us are thankful for his support. I think in part, his continued support for us came from not being able to quit. He always believed there was a way to succeed. Don’t Give Up. Figure out what is not working and try again. Don’t Give Up. Quitting has never been a part of his business plan.'[excerpt from speech by Glen Morris on January 7, 2011.]

Glen Morris expressed his admiration for Mr. Rexon, acknowledging his attributes as not only a boss, but also as a teacher, friend, counselor, father figure and much more. These attributes are not just felt by Mr. Morris or the coworkers at the Cherry Hill plant. Mr. Morris movingly expressed the heartfelt views of the Indiana plant as well, along with listing the qualities of an extraordinary man and leader.

Mr. Rexon handed the reins of the Cherry Hill plant to his successor, Fred Rexon, Jr., a few years ago while retaining the position of Chairman of the Board of paco manufacturing® until this past year. He has now passed this position onto his son as well. This past year also introduced three generations into the company, continuing a fine tradition of leadership in both companies as we begin the next decade of the Twenty-First Century. Thank you, Mr. Rexon for your leadership, your insight and the care you showed both your employees and, above all, your customers and partners in business for all these years.

Precision Automation Continues Operations Under New Name

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Precision Automation® Co., Inc. began doing business as pāco manufacturing® in October of 2006, according to an announcement by Glen A. Morris, President of the Clarksville, Indiana company. There is no change in ownership or management, and the official name of the company remains Precision Automation® Co.,Inc. The decision to do business on a daily basis under the new name is just one action item resulting from a lengthy strategic planning process undertaken by management and staff to better position the company for the future.

“Automation is a limiting term,” observed Morris. “Most of our customers and prospective customers are manufacturers, and we want to make sure they view our company on that broader platform, especially with our contract manufacturing capabilities.” The consensus among those involved in the planning process was that the previous name has become too closely associated with high-end automation, close tolerance parts and so on, to the exclusion of the plant’s other capabilities.

Founded over fifty years ago, the company changed its name in 1970 from Precision Parts to Precision Automation® Co., Inc. That earlier change, too, was a reflection of how the company had expanded its services and capabilities over the years. The new change to pāco manufacturing® will help position the Indiana facility to once again target a wider manufacturing base.

“We’ve changed a great deal over the years,” noted Morris, “and have begun to develop brands in specific niches; have increased our contract manufacturing capabilities, while we continue to offer design, engineering and implementation capabilities as well. We’re emphasizing the concept of being the ‘one source’ for a company’s manufacturing and assembly requirements, focusing our attention more intently on our core business of contract machining and fabrication, from prototype to production.”

The name change will also enable the Clarksville facility to foster an image which compliments but differentiates itself from the original plant in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, which will continue to operate under the Precision Automation® name. The strategic focus of the two plants has diverged somewhat over the years, even with their shared 53-year history, and the new name will aid the Clarksville plant in strengthening its own unique identity.

The name change is one component of an overall strategic plan to better position pāco manufacturing® in enhancing and deepening its existing customer relationships while broadening its customer base through an increased market-wide awareness of all it has to offer.

Half Century Award Given by Governor Daniels

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(left to right): President Glen A. Morris and Founder G.Frederick Rexon, Sr.

On October 1, 2008, paco manufacturing® founder, G. Frederick Rexon, Sr. , proudly accepted the Half Century Award from Governor Mitch Daniels, during a ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse. Also proudly attending the ceremony were President Glen A. Morris, Executive Vice President Robert Daily, long-time employee Mary Ann Huffmon, and Mrs. Charlotte Rexon.

The Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards honor Indiana businesses that have remained in operation for 100 or 50 years or more and have also demonstrated a history of community service. “These companies are the foundation of economic growth for our state. Home-grown Indiana companies like these provide the stability and longstanding community involvement that typifies our traditional Hoosier values,” said Governor Daniels.

Recipients of these awards were nominated by individuals and organizations within their community for being well-established companies who have outstandingly contributed to the economic growth and prosperity of the state.

Recipients of these awards were nominated by individuals and organizations within their community for being well-established companies who have outstandingly contributed to the economic growth and prosperity of the state. [More info…]

paco manufacturing®  was founded in Jeffersonville in 1953 by G. Frederick Rexon, and moved to its present site at 2120 Addmore Lane, Clarksville, Indiana, in March, 1968 due to expansion needs.  For over 50 years, paco manufacturing® has successfully designed and manufactured machinery and machine parts for a variety of markets, and will continue to do so in the next 50 years with the same expertise, quality and service for their customers.

Founder G.Frederick Rexon, Sr.