More business, more partnerships, more
staff. Those are the things Wixom-based Puritan Automation is looking
forward to this year.
The specialized test and manufacturing
equipment provider has secured a number of large projects in the automotive
industry, such as automotive heating systems. The new business has meant the company can hire three people so far this year and looks to add another six by the end of the year.
On top of that Puritan expects to double its revenue this year, from $2 to $4 million, as it transitions into more custom work that relies on knowledge-based jobs.
"The only thing that is not leaving the state is research and development," says John Kurt, operations manager for Puritan. "What we're trying to do is focus more of our efforts in the research field."
Not bad for a company that started out as a machine screw company in the 1950s before transitioning to more robotics and testing in the 1980s. Earlier this decade the 15-person firm began focusing on more niche, custom work involving testing and robotics.
The company is developing a
new global test system standard for automotive components and establishing
itself as an associate alliance partner with National Instruments. Its also working to integrate FANUC Robotics (think the lonely robot from the GM
Superbowl commercial) into the manufacturing and testing process.
Source: John Kurt, operations manager for Puritan
Writer: Jon Zemke