When the Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station was being built in Herald, CA there was a problem. They needed to train and test welders faster. At the time, they were having to send the pipe out to a machine shop to have it beveled. There could be zero defects in weld quality. It was clear that a more efficient solution was needed. They needed to prep the ends of the pipe within the power plant to allow for consistent fit and proper welds. Three individuals got together to solve that issue by inventing a tool that could be used on-site to machine the bevel, face, and counterbore all at one time.
That was the beginning of the world’s premier precision portable machine tool manufacturer Tri Tool, Inc. Recently we sat down with the CEO, Joe Wernette, to discuss this story and learn what it’s like to run a manufacturer headquartered in Rancho Cordova, CA.
In this episode Joe shares, the challenges manufacturers like Tri Tool face in regulatory heavy California. In spite of the challenges, they are respected companies who contribute greatly to their communities. Learn about the role Joe and others in the Sacramento area play in addressing the skills gap to ensure the future technical workforce. Find out how an emphasis on safety, innovation, culture, and grit, contribute to the success of a company that deals with competition from companies that don’t have to play by the same rules. Find out what doing the impossible looks like.
Next week we’ll introduce you to Carol Pepper-Kittredge of Sierra College as well as students Sebastian Romanet and Heather Lee. Episode 3 will go live on November 9th.