All about LS Wimmer Machine
WHO WE ARE
For two generations, L.S. Wimmer Machine Company has prided itself on working alongside customers to innovate.
When Lee Wimmer founded the machining company in 1976, it was a culmination of his passion for creativity and desire to work with his hands. Lee’s passion lives on today through his three sons as they work to keep up the 40-years-strong reputation of the Wimmer name.
Lee began his training while in high school, attending classes at the Upper Bucks Technical School in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. Over the next eight years following graduation, Lee received certification as a Journeyman Tool and Die Maker and gained work experience to polish up his skillset. In 1976, Lee decided to make the big jump and start his own company.
Lee opened Wimmer Machine in an old cigar manufacturing building, converting it into a shop with manual mills, lathes, and a paint booth. The paint booth was needed to serve his first customer, which had assemblies that required an epoxy paint finish. This turned into a great concept for Lee that enabled him to serve more and more customers needing various catalytic finishes on machined parts.
After three years in the cigar factory, Lee moved the business into a larger facility after finding that he needed more space to meet the needs of an expanding customer base. One of Lee’s proudest success stories is his contribution to the manufacturing of the safety arming device for cruise missiles.
As defense contract work and other complex machining jobs arrived, the need arose for new, state-of-the-art equipment. With the purchase of CAD/CAM software and a Coordinate Measuring Machine, Lee was able to serve his customers with precision and accuracy on parts he machined with his CNC mills and lathes. Lee strived to be versatile enough to handle prototype work all the way up to mid- and high-volume orders—all without compromising quality. A flow of new customers exposed Lee to a wide variety of plastics, as well as ferrous and non-ferrous machining.
Lee’s hard work in expanding the company’s capabilities laid a strong foundation for his sons to get involved in the business. Matt, Greg, and Ryan Wimmer share Lee’s passion for the family business, and each currently play an integral role at Wimmer Machine.
In the early 2000s, Lee creatively diversified his business with his own line of aftermarket parts serving the motorcycle industry. This created even more growth at Wimmer and played an important part in his sons’ education of the business. Ryan and Lee started a successful parts business with the creation of Wimmer Custom Cycle, leaving Matt and Greg the opportunity to manage Wimmer Machine. Lee and his three sons worked as a family on the design and engineering of countless projects, and proudly hold three patents on motorcycle parts that they developed together. This experience has given the second generation the capability and skills to serve customers’ ever-changing needs.
With the utmost confidence, Lee stepped aside from day-to-day operations in 2005. Learning from their father’s example, Lee’s sons continue to gain knowledge and serve the evolving needs of their customer base. Wimmer Machine has an A-plus rating with most of its vendors, and some have been partners for more than two decades.