Dielectric Corp. acquires Centerline Machine

Dielectric Corp., a Menomonee Falls-based manufacturer of custom plastic and non-ferrous parts, sub-assemblies and finished products, recently announced that it has acquired Centerline Machine Inc. of Waupaca at an undisclosed price.

Centerline Machine specializes in the machining and fabrication of parts and products made of steel, composites and exotic alloys. Its operations will remain in its facility, but it will now be called Centerline Machine Inc., a division of Dielectric Corp.

“With the addition of the Centerline Machine operation, we can now offer a wider range of machining, fabrication and prototyping services. This expansion will enable us to better serve existing clients and to diversify our customer base,” said Dielectric chief executive officer Mike Esser.

Furthermore, the acquisition allows Dielectric to expand its service mix to include metal fabrication, laser cutting and abrasive waterjet material processing.

Dielectric has 127 employees, and Centerline employs 30. No employees were eliminated as a result of the acquisition, according to Dielectric chief operating officer Perry Pabich. He added that the plan is to grow employment at both locations.

In another move that expands capabilities, Dielectric has introduced the following technologies in its Menomonee Falls facility:

• A Northwoods four-spindle router with a large table for bigger builds and an automated tool changer for greater efficiency
• A new large-part inkjet printing machine to achieve faster drying times
• An additional HAAS VF-6, three-axis large table, vertical machining center with five-axis option for greater capacity

“We are committed to meeting our customers’ changing needs through technology improvements and added capabilities. These recent purchases, along with the addition of the Centerline Machine facility, enable us to continue to provide the quality and service that our customers have come to expect from Dielectric,” Pabich said.

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