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“Parts, parts, parts!”: Bristol Area Lions Club Visits Masters Machine 04/11/2012

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To learn more about the community it serves, the Bristol Area Lions Club hit the road recently, touring Masters Machine Company in Round Pond. Hosted by company vice president George Masters, Jr., the Lions saw firsthand why Masters Machine’s tag line is “a measure of precision.”

Started by George Masters Sr. and his sons in 1957 in the historic Washington Schoolhouse in Round Pond Village, this “working machine shop” has grown into a facility that takes up over 100,000 square feet and employs nearly 100 people, including a third generation of the Masters family.

George Masters, Jr. explained that his company manufactures precision turned components for other companies’ products, most of which end up being used outside of New England. Certified as an ISO 9001 registered company, Masters Machine produces everything from truck transmission gears to fire extinguisher valves, and from cell tower cable connectors to military ship cargo storage system components.

The standard measuring guides found on every lobsterman’s vessel come from Masters Machine as well.

The scope of Masters Machine’s impact can be appreciated by the fact that its products find use in trucks, cars, jets, trains, ships, motorcycles, traffic lights, on Hoover Dam in Nevada, and even in France’s Eiffel Tower.

On any given day, one hundred different components are manufactured at the Masters plant. Each piece produced, and there are thousands manufactured each week, is inspected, washed, and double-checked for precise measurement before being shipped to the customer.

All design and building is done in-house. The company recycles as much as possible, from scrap metal cast off during manufacture to cleaning solution for machine parts to the cutting oil used to lubricate tools. George Masters emphasized that the success of his company is based on the collaborative effort of its employees, who undergo rigorous technical training to operate the facility’s complex machinery.

Following their tour, the Bristol Lions met back at Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. Plans are set for the annual Elmer Tarr Roadside Clean Up on Saturday, April 21 at 8 AM. Any interested residents and organizations are welcome to meet at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor and to join the effort to keep the greater Bristol Peninsula free of litter. For more information, please contact Lion Stan Benner at 563-7172.

Also discussed was the 4th Annual Bristol Area Lions Foundation Golf Tournament, scheduled this year for Saturday, August 11. Proceeds from this important annual fundraiser support the Club’s academic scholarship fund and local charities. At the next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club, on Monday, April 16, Lincoln County News’ “coastal economist” Marcus Hutchins will be the featured speaker.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call 677-2095. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact John Janell at 563-7402.

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