The U.S. economy has been suffering from an 8%+ unemployment rate ever since the recession hit. After a long road to recovery, unemployment reached a five year low this July, at 7.4%. Economists and columnists agree, this progress is partially due to the increasing productivity and growth of the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing sector contributes more to economic growth than any other industry. And after five straight months of layoffs, manufacturing added 6,000 jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, Washington state’s manufacturing sector contributes more to local economic growth than most other states, ranking 9th nationally.

The manufacturing sector contributes so much to economic growth is because it supports innovation. Entrepreneurs and startup companies rarely have the facilities or skills required to create a product from the design phase up. Manufacturing is a complex process, requiring trained engineers, machinists, welders, etc. Local manufacturing firms like CEL bring the assets innovators need most and the professionals with the skills to build innovative products.

Founded in 1995, Cutting Edge Laser Manufacturing serves local and national sheet metal fabrication needs. While our company began with laser and waterjet cutting services exclusively, we have since expanded to design and engineering, CNC machining, rapid prototyping, forming and welding, and other manufacturing processes. At CEL, we are committed to providing top of the line services with state of the art technology.

Mark S. and his partners design custom parts for Toyota and Jeep off roading enthusiasts. These innovators chose to work with CEL because of the reduced costs of tooling and the high wattage, high capacity lasers offered. Our lasers offered them a local, scalable, and economical choice for all their manufacturing needs. We recently had the chance to talk with Mark about his experiences with Cutting Edge Laser. In the interview, Mark said that: “CEL has been incredibly helpful to our auto parts startup through their flexible manufacturing methodology, value added design and engineer services, their ability to do short run production, and the capability to scale to higher volume product manufacturing.”

Our multidisciplinary capabilities of laser cutting, welding, assembly, and machining, allow local innovators to have all their manufacturing needs met in one place. This can cut down on administrative overhead, and reduce the time it takes to bring a product from conception to completion. Startups and innovators need the flexibility and precision offered by local manufacturing firms. To learn more about the services we offer, request a quote at: