2019 Washington Manufacturing Awards, Executive of the Year (Small Company): Tom Miller of Western Industrial Tooling Inc.
May 1, 2019By Bill Virgin
The president of Western Industrial Tooling Inc. is this year’s Manufacturing Executive of the Year for small companies category
Tom Miller, president, Western Industrial Tooling Inc., Redmond
Tom Miller bought himself an already successful Redmond precision-machining business in 2014 with an eye toward taking it to new levels. To get there, he landed AS9100D certification for close-tolerance complex tools, parts and assemblies for aerospace; added wind-tunnel modeling and new processes such as five-axis machining; and began producing parts instead of just the tooling to make them. The company continues to design and manufacture injection molds and a line of precision wire and cabling equipment. Miller is looking for growth by focusing on small-run niche markets, processes and products, including new applications such as medical devices and the space business.