We are proud to honor our entrepreneurial past with a bold vision for future growth. The year 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Columbia Manufacturing. Since its founding by Mr. David N. Bell Sr., our Company has grown successfully over the past four decades to be the largest employer in our namesake town in eastern Connecticut. We are proud to be a world-class supplier of OEM hardware for critical processes as
About Our Founder David N. Bell Columbia Manufacturing was founded out of David Bell’s passion for aerospace manufacturing and his connections within the industry. A native of Manchester, Conn., he began a lifelong career in aerospace at Pratt & Whitney in 1956 as a machinist apprentice. He was a quick study with an entrepreneurial spirit that led him to pursue opportunities in Florida. He left P&W after ten years to join
CMI acquires new VTL as part of growth strategy As part of our continuing strategy to upgrade our overall CNC machining capabilities, we recently acquired and installed a new vertical turret lathe (VTL). This machine allows us to expand our ability to manufacture various size parts in an efficient manner. Despite the recent pandemic virus and downturn in the aviation industry, we are committed to our business growth strategy that includes
A complete visual manufacturing system to improve schedule efficiency and achieve faster delivery times Earlier this year, CMI personnel participated in a 10-week Velocity Scheduling System (“VSS”) training and implementation program designed to increase the throughput of our Company’s manufacturing process. The system, which is based on the lean manufacturing Theory of Constraints, is now fully implemented and operational. The Velocity Scheduling System is not software but a complete visual manufacturing
CMI Sponsors Event to Benefit Asnuntuck Community College Foundation CMI is committed to supporting and growing the aerospace manufacturing sector in Connecticut. We are proud to demonstrate our continued support as a sponsor of the ACC Foundation's 12th Annual Advanced Manufacturing Technology Scholarship Golf Tournament. Monies raised through this event provide scholarships to students enrolled in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. Asnuntuck offers programs in Precision Machining Technology, Welding Technology and
State-of-the-Art Sheet Metal Forming CMI acquired a new Amada CNC press brake to further advance our sheet metal manufacturing capabilities in order to meet a growing demand for sheet metal assemblies in both the helicopter and turbine engine manufacturing sectors. The 110-ton hydraulic-powered machine allows for precise tool setups, accurate repeatability, faster processing times, and hi-tech safety features. Contact CMI Sales to request more information or get a quote.