Started well before the current Covid 19 crisis, Actron has completed its new 8000 SQ FT expansion to increase our capacity for large machining capabilities. This fully air-conditioned and renovated facility is now open and features such machines as our HAAS VF-11, VF-9, (2) VF-6 SS’s, our large horizontal HAAS, EC-1600 ZT, our 5-Axis UMC 750, and a VF-4 4-axis. We also have a brand new quality lab with a high precision FARO arm measuring device capable of taking on the larger parts. Actron is very excited to make this announcement and showcase our newest facility.
CLEARWATER, FL 12/23/2019
Actron Entities, Inc., a leading manufacturer of precision machined and fabricated components and assemblies, is pleased to announce the following promotions:
John Staszewski has been promoted to the position of President and is responsible for manufacturing operations, sales, and customer relations. John has been with Actron since 2016 and previously held the position of Vice President and General Manager.
Alana Dergham has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President and is responsible for all administration, accounting, material control, information technology, and human resources. Alana has been with Actron since 2014 and previously held the positions of IT Manager, Controller, and Vice President of Administration.
Congratulations to both John and Alana in their new roles as they lead Actron into the next decade.
Actron has been actively working as one of about 25 manufacturing companies in the Tampa Bay Region to develop a workforce training system through the TPM (Talent Pipeline Management) methodology developed by the US Chamber of Commerce. The intent is to foster interest in manufacturing and then to have a fast track approach to developing entry level technicians that have the aptitude to eventually advance in the organizations to higher level skilled positions. This approach is not industry sensitive, but was developed by a cross section of manufacturers that have a need to fill entry level jobs and begin internal training programs designed to replace exiting experienced employees. Because of Actron’s geographic location, we have the opportunity to sponsor and be directly involved in the first manufacturing boot camp event to be held in central Pinellas County. The training will be provided by AMSkills working with Tampa Bay Works and will serve as a pilot program for similar events throughout the region. We encourage anyone who is looking for a career in manufacturing to explore this boot camp opportunity that has the potential to provide a meaningful career in manufacturing.
Actron is a proud sponsor of Special Olympics. We recently took part in their golf tournament where our employees showed their support and had a blast!!
Actron participated in the 7th annual FDCA procurement Conference, held in Orlando, FL February 11 and 12, 2019. In addition to many opportunities to meet with fellow FDCA members and corporate sponsors such as General Dynamics, Embraer, Northrup Grumman, and Lockheed, we also were privileged to hear from a distinguished panel of experts and congressional delegates about the current and future of defense spending and procurement practices. This panel consisted of such notable congressmen/women as the honorable(s) Mario Diaz-Balart and Debbie Wasserman Schultz with distinguished speakers such as Captain Timothy Hill, Anthony Principi, Bruce Grant, and Chris Harrington. Following the speeches and presentations, the small business/large prime match making sessions were held, giving small business the opportunity to learn who to contact and what steps are necessary to do business with various prime contractors.
Actron is very pleased to announce that we have successfully purchased an additional 8000 square feet of manufacturing space directly across the street from our main facility. Formerly belonging to Actron Precision, we are re-united with this building that will become our machining building once the current tenants get relocated to another facility. This additional space brings Actron to 38,500 square feet total and gets us some room we desperately need for additional machining and assembly capacity. We do not get occupancy until the end of the year, but the plans remain the same:
- Move the U44 laser out of the north building (scheduled for early June) into the main building next to the new fiber laser.
- Convert the north building into a top-quality paint shop and powder coat facility
- Relocate the current machine shop to the former Actron Precision facility across the street
- Establish a precision assembly operation in the existing machine shop facility (south building)
These are a lot of ambitious plans, but they are all required to continue on with our lean journey and support our ever-more sophisticated manufacturing requirements as we continue to grow into new markets and capabilities.
The recent passage of Hurricane Michael in northern Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina left a lot of destruction in its path that everyone is aware of. In order to share our good fortune in getting spared any significant damage so far this hurricane season, Actron and its employees held a bake sale to raise money for the American Red Cross to use specifically in hurricane relief efforts. We are very proud to say that through the generosity of our employees, along with the pledged matching contributions of Actron, we were able to send the Red Cross a check in the amount of $2500. Hopefully this can provide some small help to those who are suffering the most. Thank you Actron employees for this generosity and helping those in need.
Actron is pleased to announce the addition of a HAAS UMC-750 5-Axis machining center to our current portfolio of machines, providing us with even more sophisticated machining capabilities. This machine has true 5 axis, hi-speed machining capability and is equipped with all the bells and whistles with such equipment as touch probing, 12,000 RPM spindle, programmable coolant nozzles, halogen work lighting, rigid cast base and indexer, hi-pressure coolant, and a multitude of other features. It’s 30” x 20” x 20” work envelope will handle a large variety of products that our customers require.
5-axis machining is an effective means to reduce setups and increase accuracy for multi-sided and complex parts. The Haas UMC Series universal machining centers are cost-effective solutions for 3+2 machining and simultaneous 5-axis machining. The UMC-750 has an integrated dual-axis trunnion table with a 500 mm diameter platter that features standard T-slots and a precision pilot bore for fixturing versatility. The trunnion provides +110 and -35 degrees of tilt and 360 degrees of rotation to provide excellent tool clearance and large part capacity.
- 5-axis simultaneous machining
- Powerful inline direct-drive spindle
- Large capacity side-mount tool changer
- Includes Wireless Intuitive Probing System
- Made in the USA
See the Haas UMC 750 in action in the following video:
Let Actron quote on your next requirements for multi-axis machined parts. In addition to the UMC-750, we also have VF-4SS, VF-2SS and our large capacity VF-6SS and VF-11 milling machines capable of 4th axis machining.
Congratulations to the entire Actron Team for achieving a finalist position for the prestigious Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award. This is quite an honor. See PDF link below to read the official press release.
Actron Engineering is a Finalist for the prestigious 2018 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award, presented by the Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes.
Three employees from Actron’s management team attended the Quality of Leadership (QOL) program in Clemson, South Carolina taught by Dr. Mike Bagley. Dr. Mike has had over 7,000 graduates worldwide complete his class and has many success stories.
The objectives of the program
- Understand the difference between managing “things” and leading “people”
- Develop knowledge, skill, and expertise for using a wide variety of leadership tools, techniques, practices, and actions for the purpose of developing people, implementing change, and growing the business
- Develop a personal leadership action plan
- Provide motivation and inspiration for helping managers, peers, and co-workers re-energize, reinvent, and recommit to being the best that they can be
As one of the team members that went to the class, I can truly say that it was very inspiring and there was never a dull moment. Dr. Mike was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire course.
Here are some pictures from the class and a QOL shrine made after we came back!