When Matthew Lomnicki began his quest o buy a machine shop in late 2013, he went into it with a five year plan. Step one was to find a company with “good bones.” A mouldmaker by trade, Lomnicki considered starting from scratch, but after working his way through the past two recessions, he felt
it would be better to build on something
with a predictable cash flow and a good
reputation. He found it with Medical
Environmental Instrument Components
Inc., or MEIC, a medical and injection
moulding parts manufacturer with a name
for high quality products, good customer
service, and on time delivery. “It was a very
good fit for me from the start,” he says.
“I’ve since made it a lot better.”
Updating the Bones
Unfortunately, much of the CNC
equipment at MEIC was outdated, and
Lomnicki needed to make a few upgrades.
He started in the turning area. At that point
MEIC was strictly a two axis turning shop.
Lomnicki decided to keep his Hardinge GT
Super-Precision gang style lathes, but ended
up scrapping some of the older equipment.
He then made a nine axis leap of faith and
purchased a live tool equipped Nakamura-Tome WY100.
It wasn’t an easy decision. Neither
Lomnicki nor his employees had any
Ontario | COVER STORY - JOb ShOPS 19
A Well-Laid Plan
This established Ontario machine shop gets a new owner,
new equipment, new software, and new opportunities
by kIp HANSON
MEIC Inc., Mississauga, ON
years in business: 24
3,250 sq m ( 35,000 sq ft)
machine types: Five axis
machining centres and
MeIC’s Maxia MX-520 five axis
machining centre from elliott
Matsuura has been a game
changer for the company.