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Briefly, Our Company’s History and Ethos

2012 March 5
by andreakbass

Photofabrication Engineering, Inc. (PEI) got its start over 40 years ago in the Boston, MA suburb of Holliston. With a 4,000 square foot facility at the outset, we soon began providing photochemically machined parts to the nascent computer and semiconductor industries in and around Boston, as well as the fine jewelry industry of Rode Island. We believed that concentrating on producing photochemical machined parts (PCM) for these industries would be the best, most cost-effective solution in terms of providing the intricate, almost microscopic detail these industries demand, in addition to providing compact, long-lasting materials.

Business grew steadily throughout the 70s and early 80s. In 1977, the father of our current company president, William Lehrer, was asked to become PEI’s new president. William oversaw the continued development of PEI to the point where, in 1984, our company expanded into a spacious new facility in Milford, MA, a building with ten times the total floor-space of our original workplace. In addition to its being roomy and comfortable, our new facility boasted some of the most pioneering technology in photochemical machining, including a waste water treatment facility, novel techniques for separating metal etching acids for iron and copper alloys, and a quarry-pond out back in which, by way of engineering, we modified to help us cool our factory space.

Current PEI President, Chip Lehrer.

Today, we continue William Lehrer’s legacy of quality and innovative practice. Our current president, Chip Lehrer, has spurred our company towards further and greater development. Currently, we provide PCM parts for industries as various as consumer electronics, semiconductors, microwave, aerospace, food processing, microelectronics, and medical implants. We look forward to familiarizing you better with our company by means of this blog, and hopefully getting to know our clients better. It’s already been 40 years in this business. Here’s looking forward to a fresh, new century’s worth of collaborative innovation between our businesses.

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