About Great Lakes Automation Machining - Great Lakes Automation Services, Inc

About Great Lakes Automation Machining

About_Shop1Clifton Machining was founded in 1938 by Harry Clifton. The business was operated at 217 West 11th Street in Erie, PA. In 1973, the business was sold to the Podufal family who continued operating at the same location. In 1979, the Podufals bought Wolf Metal Products at 9937 Sampson Ave. in Lake City, PA. They then combined the operations at the Lake City site and sold the Erie plant and the excess equipment. The name Clifton Machining, Inc. was retained.  In April 2009, Clifton Machining was purchased by Great Lakes Automation Services, inc and over 2 million dollars in upgrades has been performed.  Clifton Machining is now known as Great Lakes Automation Machining.

Certified ISO 9001:2008,Great Lakes Automation Machining is a precision machine job shop, specializing in the manufacture of high volume precision machined parts and tube cutting. The company provides high quality products and services to a worldwide customer base that includes world leaders in the rubber bonded to metal industry, plastics companies, some of the largest appliance and automotive manufacturers and assorted OEM businesses.Great Lakes Automation Machining is a member of Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) and the Northwest Manufacturers’ Association.

Great Lakes Automation Machining´s products are mainly produced from aluminum, brass, copper, carbon and stainless steel bar and tubing. The parts are manufactured according to specifications and drawings provided by the customer.Great Lakes Automation Machining uses certified vendors for outside sourcing of special processes such as plating and heat treating.

With over 60 years of experience, the business has evolved into one of the area´s leading precision machined products and tube cutting manufacturers. Contact us for your machined parts requirements. We look forward to an opportunity to provide the highest level of professionalism that has kept customers loyal to Great Lakes Automation Machining since 1938.


Mission Statement

For over 60 years,Great Lakes Automation Machining has strived to provide our customers with parts that consistently meet contract requirements. We have always focused on quality, and now, with our ISO 9001:2008 registration, we are able to offer our customers an extra measure of assurance that our processes and procedures meet a wide range of stringent international quality requirements. In addition to continuing our quality initiative,Great Lakes Automation Machining is also working to reduce lead times and lower prices with new machinery and tooling.

Being a family owned company,Great Lakes Automation Machining is focused to maintain strong lasting relationships with its customer base and building relationships with new customers. We look forward to seizing the opportunity to provide the highest level of professionalism that has kept customer loyal to Great Lakes Automation Machining since 1938.


Quality Statement

iso9001Great Lakes Automation Machining´s Quality Policy is to produce precision machined products that consistently meet contract requirements.

Our objective is to perform to this level for a further sixty years. In order to do so we must stay abreast of the latest management, manufacturing, and quality techniques and methodology. Our customers are continuously being challenged to provide better products and we want to continue to supply them with the products they require.

Great Lakes Automation Machining´s Quality Objective is to have no products returned from our customers in a twelve month consecutive period. This applies not only to the product quality, but to all areas of our customers’ contracts.

Great Lakes Automation Machining is very active in the Manufacturer’s Association of Northwest Pennsylvania and the Precision Machined Parts Association. Both of these organizations provide training programs and seminars concerning quality, management, employee relations, and machining techniques. Employees are also sent venues for training and continuous education as they become available.

Great Lakes Automation Machining has been in business for over sixty years. It has passed customer audits and won awards from customers such as Lord Corporation, Johnson Controls, PHB Inc., Ensign Bickford and Werner Co.

Our quality system is effective and is registered to the ISO 9001:2015.

Please click here to download our ISO 9001:2015 Certificate of Registration.