I suppose that most people have friends. I think it is probably difficult to go through this life and not acquire what would be termed as a friend. Dale Cavanaugh at versatilemachining.com has been my friend since we first started working together at Bainbridge Manufacturing in, I think, 1991.
What I found is that there are different kinds of friends. Some you hang with, some you learn from, some you encourage. Dale and I have a kind of business related friendship. I want him to succeed and I think he wants the same for me. We often contact each other, or drop in at work.
One thing I have in my friend Dale is a resource. He is a person I can go to for specific help, for insights, for answers to the question: “Am I seeing this clearly?”. Most of our contact is business related, as friends we enjoy each other in that realm. I know Dale has been a go-to-guy for many years and to many people. He has helped people develop products, fixed that broken mast stay, produced that prototype doohickey. He has been the right-hand-man for many businesses who need a machine shop and the service of an experienced craftsman to get their job on-track and completed.
Originally, Dale and I built plastic injection molds. I came from an Aircraft Maintenance (USAF) and then Aircraft Fabrication (Boeing) background. If Dale has a long term specialty injection mold-making would be it. As Dale and I worked together we started to do more and more together. At the end of our time together we were not only building molds but fixing everything there at BMI including the injection molding machines, electrical issues, networking and machining view camera components.
After some years, both Dale and I departed BMI to seek our individual ways entrepreneurial pursuits. Dale took over the ownership of that machine shop, I established a printing business.
In the years I have known and worked with Dale he has proven to be an able asset in injection molding (I have 3 molds), machining production (I have a faceplate that Dale CNC’s for me), and installation and fabrication onsite and off (from fish pens to ozone process water sanitization system installation in Alaska) among other things. From his Bainbridge Island Machine Shop he has produced many a valuable solution to many an urgent need.
In short, I recommend Dale! In my thinking, his machine shop is the best in Kitsap county.
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