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Brighton NC (BNC) was established in 1965. At the time, we were one of the first privately held US companies that owned a numerically controlled or NC machine (the forerunner to today's CNC machines). The business started with three families and one NC lathe. Today, two of the original families are still actively involved 50/50%, with 70+ CNC machine tools and nearly 200 employees.

Brighton NC Machine became known as a machining company, driven by a machinist, Jack Clausnitzer. Jack insisted that machining fundamentals were learned and passed on to all employees. Many of the people who have benefitted from this training have been with the company nearly 40 years. Over the years, BNC added many other very talented people who have shown continued dedication to their profession and the company's success. These people are BNC's foundation and our primary competitive advantage. It's no secret that our approach has been successful in the CNC industry; having outgrown the two facilities to our north, in 2005 we purchased our existing facility consisting of 155,000 square feet and moved all operations to one building.

Our core competencies are procurement of foundry tooling, castings and forgings as well as manufacturing/engineering for design, build and implementation of fixtures and processes. We also have experience in Electronic data interchange(EDI) and other disciplines. But what makes us stand out above the rest is the in-house training we provide for our machinists, providing top quality work in a timely manner that you won't get from any other CNC machining manufacturer.

Company Overview

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  • Rented facility in Pinckney, MI and an American 3220 NC lathe is purchased. Brighton NC Machine is incorporated with 3 partners

    Rented facility in Pinckney, MI and an American 3220 NC lathe is purchased. Brighton NC Machine is incorporated with 3 partners

  • Brighton NC purchases its first NC milling machine (a Hillyer)

    Brighton NC purchases its first NC milling machine (a Hillyer)

  • Brighton NC begins manufacture of press overload devices (shear rings), our own product line

    Brighton NC begins manufacture of press overload devices (shear rings), our own product line

  • Brighton NC purchases 20 acres of prime industrial land on which to build a new plant

    Brighton NC purchases 20 acres of prime industrial land on which to build a new plant

  • Caterpillar becomes a customer

    Caterpillar becomes a customer

  • Brighton NC moves to its newly built 18,000 square foot facility

    Brighton NC moves to its newly built 18,000 square foot facility

  • An in-house machine tool rebuild program is started, which includes the replacement of axis drives and controller retrofit

    An in-house machine tool rebuild program is started, which includes the replacement of axis drives and controller retrofit

  • Brighton NC purchases Bottom Line Shop System, which is ERP/manufacturing control software

    Brighton NC purchases Bottom Line Shop System, which is ERP/manufacturing control software

  • Brighton NC receives DDC’s Supplier of the Year award!

    Brighton NC receives DDC’s Supplier of the Year award!

  • Brighton NC receives DDC’s Supplier of the Year award again!

    Brighton NC receives DDC’s Supplier of the Year award again!

  • Brighton NC receives DDC’s Supplier of the Year award for the 3rd year in a row!

    Brighton NC receives DDC’s Supplier of the Year award for the 3rd year in a row!

  • Brighton NC receives ISO 9001: 2000 certification

    Brighton NC receives ISO 9001: 2000 certification

  • Brighton NC purchases the former TRW facility. This expands our complex to over 210,000 square feet

    Brighton NC purchases the former TRW facility. This expands our complex to over 210,000 square feet

  • Brighton NC donates property and labor to Livingston County Hunger Council (Gleaners food bank)

    Brighton NC donates property and labor to Livingston County Hunger Council (Gleaners food bank)

  • Brighton NC receives TS 16949 Certification

    Brighton NC receives TS 16949 Certification

  • Brighton NC receives ISO 14001 Certification

    Brighton NC receives ISO 14001 Certification

  • Brighton NC’s Lean initiative consolidates operations into single facility (153,000 sq ft)

    Brighton NC’s Lean initiative consolidates operations into single facility (153,000 sq ft)

  • Tim Foliano assumes CEO role

    Tim Foliano assumes CEO role

  • AM General becomes a customer

    AM General becomes a customer

  • Two robotic machining cells installed

    Two robotic machining cells installed