Acutech was an established water jet precision-cutting business in the Flathead Valley, operating as Glacier Jet Technologies, when entrepreneur Dean Grommet got involved in 2011. Seeing the 50,000 psi CNC watering cutting machines at Glacier Jet in action inspired Dean to see the full potential for the business, and he soon began working with Josh Boyce to expand into all forms of precision-cutting; followed by fabrication services, rapid prototyping, 3-D printing, and injection molding. Integrating that many service lines may seem like a daunting task, but for Dean it was a logical way to provide customers with a better experience:
“We really aim to be a one-stop-shop for project development and manufacturing, so we made Acutech a bigger component in our clients’ supply chains. Instead of going to multiple service companies, they can do all of their rapid prototyping, machining, precision-cutting, fabrication, 3D printing, molding etc, in one location with comprehensive project management. Even if we outsource some aspect of the project, we work closely with that vendor so we’re providing a seamless process end-to-end.”
That unwavering commitment to customer service and a meticulous attention to detail have become core values at Acutech, and help define the company culture Dean takes pride in:
“ We expect our people to be diligent, focused, and on-task because that’s what customers expect… We also understand that the world moves fast these days, and that everyone’s working with tighter timelines, so we made sure we have the skill sets and management style to specialize in rapid turnaround.”
Acutech’s diverse technical capabilities and reputation for excellence extend into fields from art to science. The products they design, prototype, and/or manufacture for clients range from ornate metal work for homes to bio-reactors and complete firearms. Dean describes Acutech’s role as “operating behind the curtain for clients” because they do nearly everything other than the marketing and sales for many that they produce for.
“ The single biggest factor for choosing Montana is the inspiration…I think that’s why you find so many brilliant people here. People are now living and working where they truly want to be, and that’s right here in Montana.”
That business model has obviously been successful. As of 2014 the company employees 20 people full-time at their headquarters, and is always looking for more highly qualified people to bring on board. Acutech team members include engineers, draftsmen, and computer programmers, as well as marketing and operations staff. Dean regularly sees these divisions collaborating on projects, and believes the perspectives each division brings to the table is another reasons they’ve earned accolades for their work from publications like Flathead Living Magazine.
Dean also sees the inspiration he and other Acutech team members find in the beautiful places surrounding their headquarters as a key element of the business’ success:
“The single biggest factor for choosing Montana is the inspiration…I think that’s why you find so many brilliant people here. People are now living and working where they truly want to be, and that’s right here in Montana.”