Performance Machinery Expands Footprint, Partners With Colleges

With news of the expansion, Performance Machinery founder hired a new sales manager for the region

Mitsubishi distributor expands footprint in Michigan and partners with colleges

Performance Machinery LLC (Grand Rapids, MI), a Midwest regional distributor of Mitsubishi EDM, milling and waterjet machine technologies, expanded its coverage footprint this month to include the entirety of the lower peninsula of Michigan. Since the company’s inception three years ago, Performance Machinery had serviced only the Eastern portion of the state, including some contiguous areas in Canada.

Dan Meehan, Performance Machinery founder, has big plans for the expansion. One program that he plans to export to Grand Rapids and his new territory revolves around his involvement with local community colleges in providing cutting edge training on the latest technologies.

“Often community colleges are forced to train students on old machines or old technologies. My customers – die and mold shops and machine facilities – need employees trained on the latest machinery,” Meehan says. “So by partnering with local community colleges to get these kids the training that our customers will eventually require of them, and by getting them up to speed on Mitsubishi technology, we create a win-win situation.”

These training machines also double as demo and test cut centers, allowing Performance Machinery to circumvent the overhead that comes with traditional “brick and mortar” showrooms.

“We’ve had a relationship with Dan in some capacity, whether direct sales or distribution, for more than 20 years,” says Nicolas Giannote, vice president of EDM, milling and waterjet, MC Machinery. “We’re excited about the expansion of Performance Machinery LLC, which has been a highly capable, motivated and knowledgeable distribution partner.”

With news of the expansion, Meehan hired 25-year machine tool veteran Mark Rigato as West Michigan sales manager. Jason Kaczmarek will continue with Windsor-area accounts.