Spokane Journal of Business

Shamrock Machining installs new technology

$1M machine expected to increase efficiency, add capabilities at Valley shop

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Marv Wheeler, owner of Shamrock Machining, helps to install the new laser cutter at the company’s shop in Spokane Valley.

Shamrock Machining Inc., at 5704 E. First in Spokane Valley, has invested about $1 million in new equipment that business development manager Mike Oliver says will make the machining shop more efficient and add capabilities the company didn’t previously possess. 

The new laser cutter, made by Seattle-based Amada America Inc., was installed at Shamrock’s 15,000-square-foot facility earlier this month. 

The machine is powerful enough to cut through thick metals that other lasers at Shamrock can’t handle, Oliver asserts. 

It also will speed up the shop’s throughput by cutting down on the time each project spends under the laser by as much as a third.

“The addition of the equipment is adding some automatic capabilities that we don’t have right now,” Oliver says. “It also increased the weight capacities for the material we’re going to be cutting.”

The laser was ordered before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Oliver says, and the health crisis delayed deliveries from Amada. 

In addition to laser cutters, Shamrock Machining uses equipment such as computer numerical control machining centers and lathes, Oliver says. 

Shamrock Machining was established in 1993. The company employs between 25 and 35 people at any given time, he says. 




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Reporter Virginia Thomas has worked at the Journal since 2017 and covers the banking and finance industries. As a reporter, she loves learning about Spokane's many growing industries. She enjoys travelling with her husband, snuggling with her cats, and cross stitching.

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