Justin Kovscek Joins Compass Operating Company

Charlotte, NC – June 20, 2022 – Compass Precision, a Charlotte-based manufacturer of custom, close-tolerance metal components for mission critical applications, announced Monday that Justin Kovscek has joined R&D Machine in Oldsmar, FL as Vice President & General Manager.

The former plant manager at Nemak in Sylacauga, AL has been with the company for one month. He has an extensive background in the aerospace and defense industry and joins R&D Machine after having spent nearly three years with a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Before that, Justin worked nearly twenty years for FPD Company in McMurray, PA where he rose through the ranks to become operations manager of the firm’s 140-person machine and forge shop.

“It’s great opportunity for me to get back working in aerospace and defense,” said Justin. “I’m looking forward to running the business from the ground up with agility and adaptability. We make extremely high-tech parts that others couldn’t produce.”

“We searched long and hard for the right person to be R&D Machine’s next leader,” explained Compass CEO Gary Holcomb to whom Justin reports. “Justin has the ideal combination of extensive machining knowledge and a track record of managerial success. I am enjoying working with him.”

With the new position comes a great deal of responsibility and leadership, which is something Justin relishes.

“I’m looking forward to growing the business and serving both existing and new customers with excellence,” said Justin. “Through my leadership I also want to help our people grow and prosper within their careers.”

With new roles and responsibilities come a variety of challenges Justin is prepared for and is ready to take head on.

“I’m walking into a new assignment/role with a new company,” said Justin. “It’s important I learn all of the customers and customs of how they’ve done things in the past. I need to learn and understand what we’ve done in the past and use my knowledge to make us more efficient.”

The new vice president and general manager is looking forward to hitting the ground running in his new role by helping the company and its people grow in the near future and beyond.

“The team members keep us family-oriented and boost the overall morale of the organization,” said Justin. “I want everyone to feel like they’re part of the family. We all spend so much time at work, so I feel it’s important to create and establish an atmosphere to make everyone feel like they belong and are a part of the team. I look forward to using my experience to set the company up for success through best practices and standard operating procedures.”

R&D Machine specializes in CNC machining of precision metal components for aerospace, defense, and space applications. Most of the company’s parts have complicated geometrics, are made of aluminum, and are used above the Earth’s surface, in either our atmosphere or in outer space.

The company’s capabilities are highlighted by extensive 5-axis milling capabilities among with state-of-the-art Zeiss coordinate measuring machines (CMM). R&D Machine also has lathes and both 3 and 4-axis mills. Using computer models of customer parts, R&D Machine expertly programs both the cutting tool paths needed to machine these components and the CMM’s to automatically measure every dimension.

R&D Machine’s quality system is certified to the ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D standards. This system ensures each customer receives machined components which dimensionally meet their part specifications and are finished correctly. The company’s customers can use their machined parts for further assembly without any additional work or inspection.

For more information about R&D Machine and Compass Precision, please contact David Wyscaver, Compass’s Communications Manager at david.wyscaver@compassprecision.com.