A Remarkable Journey
of us in the fast-paced 21st Century, it is hard
to imagine the patience and perseverance — and far-sightedness
— it must have taken to start a business in 1941.
The country was recovering from the Great Depression
and another World War was on the horizon.
two friends, both master mechanics, who worked together
in the tool room at the Bendix Aircraft Company
in South Bend, Ind., took a look around and saw
that Bendix was growing quickly and that they were
in need of outside suppliers - fast!
friends, Elbert "EC" Rogers and Wendall
"Wink" Nace, purchased a hand screw machine,
rented half a garage, and started Precision Piece
Parts, Inc. They continued their work at Bendix
(now Honeywell) and used their spare time to build
their new company. Soon they purchased some used
automatic screw machines and, in a surprisingly
short time, became one of the few suppliers in the
country to produce cold-rolled threads required
for aircraft cylinder head studs and other fasteners.
even earned the nickname "PD" after the
pitch diameter of a straight thread. He ran "the
shop" and Wink ran "the office."
As times and machinery changed, the automatic screw
machines were eventually replaced by state-of-the-art
CNC machines. Of course, the machines weren't the
only things to change.
that the company's founders would be proud to see
the company and its employees today. Honesty, integrity
and the ability to see things from customers' perspectives
- all values that began on day one - are still in
place. Familiar faces and new faces at Precision
Piece Parts continue to reflect the ideals of "EC"
and "Wink" - two remarkable men who left
a remarkable legacy.