on Wednesday, March 18, 2020
J-T Machine & Tool is a full-service machine shop and metal fabricator specializing in the manufacture of hydraulic cylinders. They are constructing a 9,600 sq. ft. building adjacent to their current facility in Hampton. The new building is for material handling and will be connected to the existing facility via a forklift pass through. A new water jet metal cutting system will expand their in-house capacity of high tolerance metal cutting and allow J-T to have better control over production costs and schedules. The company will also invest in new equipment to help move larger pieces of metal associated with new production capabilities. Technology upgrades will connect the new water jet system to the company's computer network, allowing for remote operation and uploading of cutting designs, as well as staff webinars and training. Franklin REC provided a $720,000 passthrough loan secured through the USDA REDL&G Program. They also provide electric power to operate the business.