75+ Years of Quality American Machining and Contract Manufacturing Solutions
In 1947, the manufacturing industry in Los Angeles was entering a period of rapid growth, causing the effects we see in the sprawling metropolis of the city today. One of Los Angeles’ young and ambitious immigrants of the time was Dick Vescio, proudly hailing from Kentucky where most of the Vescio family still resides. In 1947, Dick founded Vescio Threading, now known as Vescio Manufacturing International, at a location in Lynwood California.
In 1951, Dick’s brother, Bob Vescio, joined him part-time in Los Angeles at Vescio Threading, while attending Compton Community College. Bob Vescio was able to learn the trade firsthand and later graduated with an engineering degree from UCLA. Bob also served in the military and was part of a few companies before returning to Vescio Threading full-time in his twenties during the mid-50’s.
Unfortunately Dick Vescio passed away in 1976 at the age of 57, leaving Bob as the sole owner. After his brother’s passing, Bob rose to the challenge and continued to steer the company towards success.
Before CNC Machine Shops
Up until the early 90s, Vescio Threading was a small, specialty threading shop. It had about a dozen employees, did not undergo rapid growth, and stuck to its niche market of cutting highly customized, difficult threads. This high-mix, low volume threading work was more common in those days because of a comparative lack of industry standards.
Before the advent of CNC machines, Vescio Threading primarily used Cridan Type B threading lathes made by a long-extinct company called Gisholt. These amazing machines have stood the test of time and the company actually has three of them still in active service, cutting threads every day for over 60 years. As far as we know, we now sell more Cridan threading work than any other company in the US, if not the world. Instead of electronics running programs, these machines rely on cams combined with a complicated set of gears and manual controls to do their work. They remain relevant today because they are capable of doing something that almost no CNC can, for much cheaper than a CNC: rework a thread.
Vescio still gets oddball threading jobs for this purpose, but our Cridan machines also perform threading sequences for our everyday CNC parts.
Our Team of Expert Cridan Machinists
Vescio Manufacturing takes pride in our long, diverse history of machining expertise. Our cridan machinists have been an integral part of our team since the company’s inception, making them some of the most qualified craftsmen in their field.
- Javier Preciado: Specializing in the maintenance and repair of Cridan machines for over half a century. Recently retired after 50 years of employment at Vescio, where we continue to utilize his decades of invaluable expertise.
- Luis Preciado: The lead machinist in our Lathe department, employed at Vescio for over 45 years.
- Jesus Perez: One of Vescio’s expert Cridan machinists and a valued employee for more than 40 years.
- Carlos Robles: One of Vescio’s most experienced Cridan Machinists with more than 45 years of in-house experience.
Committed to a Tradition of Precision Craftsmanship
We believe Vescio’s long history and diverse manufacturing expertise is integral to our status as one of America’s leading CNC machine shops. Rooted in quality manufacturing, our unparalleled experience enables our company to remain ahead of the curve in the highly competitive machining industry of today. The continued presence of the old machines, and the experienced machinists who run them, stands in stark contrast to the state-of-the-art modern CNCs that surround them on the shop floor, but it also allows one to see, in one place, the roots of the company and how it grew into what it is today. We are proud to have our legacy still be a part of us.