BizBeat: Precision Machine returns ‘home’

After a 2012 fire, Precision Machine is back at its original location, with an expanded shop in a new building.

After a 2012 fire, Precision Machine is back at its original location, with an expanded shop in a new building. Photo by Kris Wilson.

A year and a half after a fire destroyed his Jefferson City business, owner Brian Hager said he’s “glad to be home.”

Precision Machine Inc. has been working out of a temporary location at 2713 W. Main St., while a new shop was being constructed in place of the old building that burned in August 2012.

As of Feb. 1, Hager and his team moved back to 1703 Christy Drive, working in a brand new building. Hager said the process took longer than he expected; however, the building is exactly as he envisioned. By not rushing through the build, Hager said he was able to get exactly what he wanted, making changes along the way. The new shop expands the floor plan, with a 60x60 square foot space added toward the back. The machine shop has doubled in size and the location houses a showroom and parts supplies. More work is needed, some unpacking and finishing the parts supplies, but Hager and his employees are getting back to business as usual.

“The year of the fire was probably our best year,” Hager said of his financial state. He had some equipment he’s been unable to use due to a lack of space and said he needed to add on anyway. “It’s been a blessing there,” he said.

The new building is more spread out, creating a better work flow and making things more efficient, Hager said.

Although the shop owner advertised his temporary location, he said his business suffered during the transition. “People assumed I was gone,” he said.

As soon as his “temporarily moved” sign was taken down on Christy Drive, Hager said many of his old customers came walking in.

“They’re amazed,” he said of his customers’ reactions. “Everybody wants to see the place.”

Hager said he and his employees are giving several tours a day, showing off the new space. Precision Machine Inc., a family-owned and operated business, has been serving Jefferson City and the surrounding area since 1971. Hager said he is excited to get back to serving the community.

“Please come by,” Hager said. “We’ll be happy to help.”

The business plans to host a grand opening event in May.

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