Baker Industries Named a Top U.S. Machine Shop

Sean Schaefer
Sean Schaefer

Marketing Generalist

MACOMB, Mich., Aug. 1, 2018 – Tooling manufacturer Baker Industries (Macomb, Michigan) has been named an Honors Program winner in association with Modern Machine Shop magazine’s 2018 Top Shops benchmarking survey. Modern Machine Shop (published by Gardner Business Media, Cincinnati, Ohio) offers this annual survey to enable its readers to compare their operations’ performance and practices against industry leaders. The survey, this year taken by 471 North American machine shops, is divided into four primary sections: machining technology, shopfloor practices, business strategy and human resources. Honors Program winners were chosen for each of these categories, and Baker Industries was named 2018 Honors Program winner for machining technology. The company’s overall rank in the survey was fifth.

“Honors Program winners are vetted and selected by me from a top-tier benchmarking group established based on answers to select survey questions,” says Derek Korn, Modern Machine Shop’s Executive Editor who heads the magazine’s Top Shops benchmarking program. “Baker Industries has a wealth of advanced computer numerical control machining equipment and has adopted additive manufacturing technology to create more efficient tooling solutions for its customers.”

Baker Industries President, Kevin Baker noted, “Scott and I have always been willing to take risks to stay at the forefront of the industry. Those risks have included making some major investments in machining capability and more recently additive manufacturing. We’ve always kept an ear to the ground to figure out what’s coming next. We believe our intuition has led us to our Top Shops status.”

Results from this year’s Top Shops benchmarking survey will be presented at the Top Shops Workshop ( during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) on Thursday, September 13 in Chicago, Illinois. Baker Industries Program Engineer, Jerry Kablak, will be part of a panel discussion about industry trends at the workshop.

An aerospace composite tooling facesheet, printed at Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions, is machined at Baker Industries near Detroit. Lincoln Electric acquired Baker Industries in 2019 to handle machining operations for its large 3D-printed parts.

about modern machine shop

Modern Machine Shop is the flagship magazine of publisher Gardner Business Media located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 1928, the magazine has focused on the application of advanced machining technologies by shops and manufacturers serving a wide range of industries.

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