Kiraly Tool Expands to Second Location

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Kiraly Tool and Die Inc. plans to add a second location in the city dedicated to machining and tool-and-die work, reports its president, Steve Kiraly.

“Our plans for growth in 2018 are exciting,” Kiraly says.

The company acquired a 5,040-square-foot building at 712 Andrews Ave., which will allow for more manufacturing space. The expansion will be completed in March, he says.

The new building also allows for more opportunity at Kiraly’s Crescent Street location, where it plans to add new machinery.

The company has yet to select the new equipment, Kiraly says, but notes the systems are dedicated to advanced machining processes.

“The reinvestment into our company will enable us to continue expanding our capabilities and customer base at a manageable pace,” he says.

Last year, the company purchased a four-axis machining center with touch probe capabilities. “This system permits machining on multiple surfaces in one work holding, maintaining the relationships of each surface precisely and consistently,” Kiraly says.

“The probing capability allows the machine to determine the exact position of the work piece before the machining cycle starts,” he explains.

“It also allows the machinist to precisely check a measurement of the work piece without removing it. It’s incredibly exciting to be in the machine trades. We are constantly educating ourselves as technology continues to evolve.”

Kiraly Tool & Die was established in October 1999. The company designs and manufactures stamping dies, CNC machining fixtures and all types of conventional jigs and fixtures for production companies.

The company is also a general and precision machine shop that serves diverse industries. It employs 18 full-time and is anticipating hiring more people this year, Kiraly says.

The objective is to divide the company’s capabilities into two divisions: advanced manufacturing and machining, and general machining, Kiraly says. To accomplish this, the company plans to add a journeyman machinist/tool-and-die maker, an apprentice, and a tool designer/mechanical engineer early this year.

The company increased 2017 sales by 5% compared to 2016 and added two employees – a journeyman machinist and an apprentice, Kiraly says.

And the company revamped its website to feature images of completed projects, both large and small.

“These provide insight into our capabilities and craftsmanship. Our website presence is a significant contributor to our continued growth,” Kiraly says.

New tool orders are up in both the aluminum extrusion industry and in light-gauge metal fabrication. “All indicators are pointing towards a busy year for manufacturing both locally and nationally,” he says. “Our greatest challenge in 2017 was simply scheduling.”

Another challenge was coping with the loss of Kiraly’s brother, Gary, who died in September of esophageal cancer and was the owner of Regal Tool & Die in Youngstown.

“We lost a terrific member of the manufacturing community in 2017,” Kiraly says. “ During his career as a business owner, he trained nearly 20 apprentices as journeyman machinists or tool-and- die makers.”

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