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The Machining division of the WEC Group was created when Stephen Hartley, Managing Director, was approached by a local company Precision Engineers (Fabrication) Ltd, with an opportunity to purchase the machining and light fabrication company.

As the Group was subcontracting machining at the time, it made sense to bring a machining division in-house. In December 2005, Precision Engineers Ltd, a precision engineering company based in Rishton, was purchased along with another 15,000 square foot of space to house the division. Run as Precision Engineers for the next 18 months, the company re-branded the division as Hi-Spec CNC in 2007.

Established in 1942, Precision Engineers Ltd had been offering a comprehensive range of subcontract manufacturing services to many challenging industries for about 70 years.

The company has also built its reputation thanks to their Rishton Machines division (now known as Clarendon by WEC) which has been manufacturing and commercialising small workshop machines for over 30 years. The original range included grinders, polishers, bandfacers, dust extraction units, hand operated presses and small conventional vertical milling machines. To this day, the company still manufactures most of their original range of educational and industrial machinery including their renowned Clarendon presses.

The company was originally acquired by WEC Group to support the machining needs of the other WEC divisions, but the company quickly developed a customer base of their own and started expanding their activity to new markets such as defence and medical.

In February 2008, Hi-Spec CNC bought the intellectual property rights for the RSG's Patient Tail Lifts which was complimentary to other products they were manufacturing for front line ambulances. The Tail Lift business has since grown into a prolific division. Hi-Spec lifts are in use with a large number of ambulance authorities in the UK.

Thanks to ongoing investments in the latest Mazak technology, the sub-contract machining side of the business also experienced a spell of growth despite the recession and when another local precision engineering company became available on the market, it made sense to acquire the extra capacity. Blackburn based Nutter Aircrafts Ltd joined the WEC Group in April 2010.

Nutter Aircrafts Ltd was established in 1939 by Bertie Nutter originally building his own aircraft and has grown under its current management to be a leading supplier of high quality precision machined parts. Operating 3 shifts on a 24/7 basis, Nutter Aircrafts have expertise manufacturing smaller and tightly toleranced components in a wide range of materials including exotic alloys and titanium which will enable the WEC Machining division to venture to new exciting markets.

Operating from a purpose built 33,000 sq. ft. production facility in Blackburn, Lancashire with room for expansion, WEC Machining Ltd became a private company in January 2017.

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