A cut above: Pilot Precision Products holds open house

  • Employee Calin Giurgiu works in milling at Pilot Precision Products at 15 Merrigan Way in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • Metal chips from a round piece of stock come out of a Tsugami Swiss turning machine at Pilot Precision Products at 15 Merrigan Way in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • Above, metal chips from a round piece of stock come out of a Tsugami Swiss turning machine at Pilot Precision Products, left, at 15 Merrigan Way in South Deerfield. Staff PhotoS/Domenic Poli

  • Eric Hagopian, CEO of Pilot Precision Products, uses ceremonial scissors during a ribbon-cutting during an open house at 15 Merrigan Way in South Deerfield on Monday, Sept. 23. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • Pilot Precision Products at 15 Merrigan Way in South Deerfield started operations on May 1 and held an open house on Monday, Sept. 23. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • Pilot Precision Products at 15 Merrigan Way in South Deerfield started operations on May 1 and held an open house on Monday, Sept. 23. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • One of the bottle/can opener keychains given to guests as souvenirs during Pilot Precision Products’ open house at 15 Merrigan Way in South Deerfield on Monday, Sept. 23. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

Staff Writer
Published: 10/6/2019 5:00:12 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Business has been booming at Pilot Precision Products, the consolidation of four companies, since operations began on May 1, the CEO says.

Eric Hagopian held an open house, complete with tours, a ribbon-cutting and catered buffet dinner, on Sept. 23 so dozens of local leaders, community members and business acquaintances could become familiar with the 24,100-square-foot factory at 15 Merrigan Way.

Hagopian received a $2.8 million tax-exempt bond from the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency to house the merged companies on land that was part of the site of the former Oxford Foods pickle plant property. He said he purchased The duMONT Company of Greenfield in September 2016 and Hassay Savage of Turners Falls in May 2017. Magafor and GMauvaisUSA, Hagopian said, were part of the latter acquisition.

“Our operations are substantially improved from a productivity standpoint. We now have all the businesses located together,” Hagopian said. “We’ve got all our inventory in one place, all the engineering, technical support, manufacturing, sales … finance — everything’s under one roof, so it makes a huge difference.”

Pilot Precision Products, next door to the Deerfield Department of Public Works building, bills itself as the world’s largest supplier of industrial broaches and small, round cutting tools from duMONT Minute Man Industrial Broaches and Hassay Savage broaching tools, as well as the exclusive American distributor of Magafor and GMauvaisUSA products.

Employees gave walking tours of the facility, explaining the function of various machines. Metal chips from a round piece of stock could be seen coming out of a Tsugami Swiss turning machine. Jason Bradley helped people drill hexagonal holes into bottle/can openers so they could make them into keychains as souvenirs.

Hagopian said 33 employees work under the factory’s roof.

“I built an absolute world-class factory. We have world-class people,” he said, adding that the facility is close to Franklin County Technical School, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Greenfield Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. “We’re in a perfect position to be able to access talent from north, south, east and west — all directions.”

Hagopian previously said the total project investment is about $5 million.

He called the day a “momentous occasion” prior to using ceremonial scissors for the ribbon-cutting.

“This is a big deal,” Hagopian told the crowd.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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