SLH METALS OF CORUNNA hosted an open house Thursday, Sept. 15 to show off its new state-of-the-art laser cutting machine that is capable of cutting up to a one-inch steel plate. The machine provides fabricating services that county residents and businesses used to have to leave the area to find, and it adds to the company’s growing list capabilities, which already included precision bending, welding, etching, engraving, and punching, among other services. The company has produced everything from mower decks to environmental scrubbers to train cars, according to owner Mike Sarrazin, and the company also offers drafting and design services, so the sky really is the limit when it comes to what can be fabricated by the Corunna business. The expensive, cutting edge machine also features an elaborate filtration unit that produces environmentally-friendly emissions.

Sarrazin notes that the new machine, which required a week-long training course to be able to operate, is far superior to other forms of metal cutting in its precision, and it also greatly reduces the turn-around time for customers. The machine, which is about 10 feet wide and 40 feet long, cuts at up to 6,000 watts, which is amazing considering a half-watt laser is enough to cause blindness. SLH currently supplies many local companies in the farm, industrial, and commercial fields, and its new technology figures to increase the number of local businesses that will be able to keep even more of their business in Shiawassee County.

Shown here is SLH worker John Sarrazin discussing the capabilities of the new machine with Dale Teeple of the HEE-Duall division of CECO Environmental. The Shiawassee County resident attended the open house to get a sneak peak at the nearly $1 million machine, and he said he is excited that SLH will now be even more competitive in the industry. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by Karen Elford