At Precision Waterjet Inc., our dedicated staff strives to provide the best possible service for all our customers. Our team brings years of waterjet cutting and laser cutting experience along with an understanding of engineering, competitive and complementary machine processes, and maintenance, to help you tackle your most difficult projects. We believe in a straightforward, honest team approach with our customers.
Precision Waterjet Inc. was founded in early 2006 by Larry and Rich Edwards, a father and son team. Their first equipment investment was a Flow6012 dynamic capable abrasive waterjet. This state-of-the-art equipment can achieve a cutting pressure of 60,000 psi. With these pressures and a large accurate cutting envelope, they were able to provide local cutting to the Chicago suburbs and nationally across the United States. Growing their business slowly by winning customers with their philosophy to provide the best possible service and deliver the best possible product at a fair price, they have added employees who share their same vision. Along with this growth in employees, they have added another machine, a Flow Mach4 4030. This machine , complete with an even larger cutting area, greater pressures, taper capabilities, and even higher accuracies will help the team at PWI continue to expand into new markets.
As Precision Waterjet Inc. grows, we continue to provide our customers with some of the fastest and best waterjet services available. Our commitment to providing the level of service that we do does not come easy. It takes a continued drive to be sure our people are well trained and our machines are continuously maintained and updated. The team at PWI has the passion and commitment to serve your cutting needs today and in the future.
About Rich Edwards, President
Rich's extensive work experience, knowledge base and commitment to quality create a solid foundation on which Precision Waterjet is built. As a young child he always had a passion for machines, constantly working with his hands to build or take things apart to see how they worked. Starting his career in the United States Air Force he began working on the E4-B, a military version of the Boeing 747. It was during this time he became a registered Airframe and Power plant mechanic. While successful at this career, he decided that he wanted to expand his knowledge and follow a creative passion to work building machines. Going to school and taking advantage of a great opportunity, he got the chance to learn design and many different manufacturing methods while building custom automation equipment and prototypes. In 2006 he decided to take all that knowledge and start his own business with his father Larry, and Precision Waterjet was born. Using his experience in machine design, he has helped modify Precision Waterjet’s equipment and practices to tackle the most difficult jobs. He continues to expand the company and stays a main contact for customer needs.
About Larry Edwards, Vice President
Larry helped to build Precision Waterjet from the very beginning. Growing up as a kid working on his Grandparents farm in the summer, he understands hard work and dedication. Working for the airlines and retiring as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer he brings years of process and mechanical experience to Precision Waterjet. Since 2006 he has engineered ways to make PWJet high pressure pumps and other equipment some of the most reliable in the industry. He is also the driver, and the builder, of the Precision Waterjet sponsored 68 Camaro vintage road race car, be sure to come see us at the track.
About Kim Ramirez, Office Manager
Kim was one of the company’s first full time employees. With a graphic arts and an early childhood education background she was hired in 2011 and is still employed today as the office manager. With her friendly and upbeat approach she is the main point of contact for our customers and vendors. Her exceptional organizational skills keep the team at PWJet working together.
About Casey Cordell, Shop Manager
When Casey joined PWJet in 2015 he was an Army veteran with a college degree in computer science who had a great passion for all aspects of how things are made. His hobbies which included welding, machining, gunsmithing, and building cars and motorcycles gave him an excellent background to learn the waterjet operations at PWJet. He gained so much manufacturing experience from PWJet and individual studies that it took him only a few short years to become the shop manager and lead programmer.
About Bill Kirkelie, Sales Manager
Bill joined PWJet in 2016 with many years of sales experience from small family businesses to Fortune 500 companies along with some time in different manufacturing fields. His friendly customer focused approach and high attention to detail make him a natuaral fit to be a main sales contact point for PWJet customers.