In 1990, I was working for a major ophthalmic instrument manufacturer as a prototype master machinist in a small, but very complete machine shop shared by only one other machinist. I worked closely with some of best engineers, designers and technicians in the business to create state-of-the-art eye surgery instruments. The commute was ultra-short and the work environment was outstanding. Unfortunately, the parent corporation decided that our facility was to be closed and moved to southern CA. I chose to stay in northern CA, so I moved on. Over the next decade, my career progressed and I and my skills increased but I was also trying to find the optimum working environment.
Growing tired of the stress and distractions of employee management and corporate bureaucracy, I realized that the only way I could do the type of quality work I wanted was to start my own shop. In October of 2000, I started RSG Prototype Service in my tiny 2-car garage in Pinole, CA while working a full-time night job. By June of 2003, I was able to "cut the cord" and devote all of my time to RSG Prototype Service. In June of 2004, I needed more space, so I moved to Georgetown in the Sierra foothills of CA.
I don't lie about the size of my company. I'm it. I do everything. I like it that way. However, I do have an excellent network of colleagues and vendors that specialize in grinding, EDM, heat-treating, anodizing, metal plating, lapping and polishing, so you will have a full-service company with RSG Prototype Service.