Please join the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Midway Machining Company, June’s Employer of the Month.
With 30 employees, and plans to hire more, things are good at Midway Machining. The employees at Midway work four ten hour shifts per week leaving time off to spend with family. There is also a four person second shift. When asked if the recession had affected business, Bill Barnard replied “we were affected, everyone was affected but now we’re back and better than ever.”
Nestled on a hill between Neosho to Joplin, many of us who travel Gateway Drive have wondered what exactly they do at Midway Machining. This is not surprising, although they ship all over the U.S. and Canada, they only have one customer in the state of Missouri.
As certified vendors for the aerospace industry, Midway Machining does work for the Air Force with regularity. They deal with a lot of other Military contracts and they do their share of sub-contracting with other companies who sell to various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. These vendors being limited, there are only certain companies that Midway Machining can sell their products to. Midway Machining mainintains an AS 9100 certification, they also have a comprehensive quality management system. When asked if every customer is as picky as the Air Force, Bill Barnard replied “Our Quality Management System used is the same whether we are shipping to a huge operation or a tiny one”.
They also deal with many single piece orders, meaning that Midway Machining is contracted to create a single piece or part for a company. This is unusual in the industry because of the setup work (tooling) and costs involved with producing a single part. Some parts that Midway Machining Company offers are made exclusively by Midway Machining, meaning that those parts aren’t available for order from any other manufacturer in the world. The tolerance with these parts is amazingly small, meaning that the parts produced at the machine shop are held to very high standards of accuracy. All parts are color coded according to their end use and priority level. Each part is accompanied by a ‘Traveler’ which is a document up to five pages long that includes detailed instructions and guidelines for that specific part. Midway Machining usually works within a 24 to 48 week lead time. All of the parts manufactured at Midway Machining are customer designed.
Over the last 40 years or so, Midway Machining has carved out a niche in the aerospace industry, and we’re proud to say they’ve done it from Neosho! Again, please join the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Midway Machining, June’s Employer of the Month.
-R. Genevieve Williams