Taking it to the next level
Hammond Company’s new owners expand services

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

June 3, 2015

 Oscar Curasi demonstrates a piece of equipment at the Hammond Company. The company specializes in metrology technology and servicing. 
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TOWN OF BROOKFIELD - Realizing Hammond Company’s potential, Oscar Curasi and John Davenport decided to purchase the business that specializes in metrology technology and servicing.

Since Curasi and Davenport acquired Hammond at the end of September, they immediately became more aggressive with sales and also marketed their services, which has resulted in a significant revenue increase.

In the past five months, Hammond Company has sold 18 units for $1.2 million.

Both men were employees of Hammond and recognized the company’s potential for growth. Curasi had been vice president of sales and operations and continues to handle that end of the business, which was started more than 60 years ago. Before purchasing the company, Davenport was engineering manager for about three-and-a-half years. Curasi has been with Hammond for 19 years.

To celebrate the new ownership, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. June 16 and an open house featuring vendors from June 16 to June 18 at Hammond Company, 755 Larry Court.

The men are proud of the training they offer at their facility or at a customer’s site. It can encompass teaching a company to operate a machine they recently purchased from Hammond or an unemployed worker looking to gain CNC skills through training at the Larry Court location. The machine demonstration room also serves as the training room.

 Hammond Company Engineering Manager John Davenport points out the measuring area of an OGP Smartscope Flash 302 at the company on Tuesday. 
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By purchasing metrology equipment from Hammond, a company can save money by reducing the amount of scrap metal it produces, Davenport said. With certain equipment, such as a vision system by Optical Gaging Products, companies can also increase efficiency.

Some of Hammond’s top sellers include vision systems, CMMs and comparators by such makers as Certified Comparator Products, Sterling and Wenzel.

Once in a while, Hammond Company will purchase a piece of used equipment and repair it to be sold. The company’s primary sources of revenue are service and hard gaging.

Hammond Company currently has six employees, but Curasi said they hope to add another two to three.

 A piece of measuring equipment uses a ruby-coated probe to ensure injection molded electronics plugs are accurately sized at Hammond Company on Tuesday. 
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Curasi believes that if they help train clients on the new machines and work with them on finding the best solution for their needs, more business will come.

“I think they are finding ways to maximize and bring in profit,” he said.

Davenport has had a similar experience with clients, who he said are more likely to do business with Hammond again because they know that the Town of Brookfield company will offer assistance.

www.hammondcompany.com

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