How it all began
In the mid-1970s, Stephen Lee was working as a young maintenance technician in a manufacturing facility when his employer purchased one of the first CNC machines in the Salt Lake Valley. His curiosity and drive to understand this new piece of manufacturing technology led Steve down a path that would make him a pioneer in CNC upgrade technology. Stephen started his career in manufacturing as a production machinist operating an engine lathe. He realized early on that although he was proficient as a machinist, production work was not for him. He was soon moved to the maintenance department, and developed a deep level of understanding of the inner workings of the different machine tools that were used in his facility. Within a couple of years, he was promoted to maintenance foreman before deciding that he needed to go to school to understand how the little black boxes worked that ran the new CNC his employer had recently purchased. After completing his schooling in electronics, Steve went back to the manufacturing industry—first as a quality control engineer before returning to maintenance.
As the years moved on, Steve had the desire to start his own company. He recognized that among the host of daily maintenance issues he faced that one thing was becoming more noticeable: while the iron structure of the machinery he worked on was sound, the old electronics of the once-new CNCs that had sparked his curiosity were in dire need of upgrade. He realized that if he could retrofit a new CNC control system on the existing good iron structure of a machine that machine shops could have up-to-date equipment without the price tag of a new machine. He started a retrofit and repair company called D&S in his off hours before partnering with a coworker to form D&S Neotech, Inc. For over 20 years, Steve developed a reputation as a retrofit engineer and integrator who could upgrade virtually any machine tool in industry by retrofitting a new CNC control on the existing iron. During those years, he successfully installed controls representing Anilam, Acu-Rite, Fagor, Mitsubishi, Heidenhain, Siemens, GE FANUC and FANUC.
In 2013, Steve left D&S Neotech and started Lee Machine, Inc. as a family enterprise. As long as he has been in business, Steve has remained dedicated to saving his customers money by providing professional quality CNC retrofits and repair at the best possible quality and price. His dedication to his trade has earned him a reputation of integrity and innovative craftsmanship with those who are familiar with his work. That commitment is a standard that the Lee Machine team stands by in all we do.
Areas we serve
Lee Machine today has branched out to provide CNC retrofit services and machine tool repair throughout the Western United States as well as Canada and East of the Mississippi River. To date, we have sold Fanuc CNC controls to customers in Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, British Colombia and Tennessee. Our service area includes all of the above locations as well as New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming and California. Our new Knee Mill CNC conversion kits are available throughout the United States and Canada.
Machine Tool Brands We Service
We have serviced both major machine tool brands and generic brands including: Giddings and Lewis, Mazak, Masco Machine, Kearney and Trecker, Hyundai-Wia, Hyundai-Kia, Toyota, Fadal, Cincinnati, Bridgeport, Gockel, Quick Mill, Anayak, Sharp, Jet, Tree, Tuda, SNK, Tos, Shizuoka, Hardinge, Doosan, Mori Seiki, Hwacheon, LeBlond, Makino, Matsuura, Nakamura-tome, Kitamura, Shibaura, Mitsubishi, Studer, Butler-Newall and many, many more