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Published November 2003

By Miles K. Free

Earlier this year, I spent a couple of days with a leading figure in the precision parts industry. This was someone who owns his own shop and reorganized it several years ago, completely eliminating secondary operations. “Miles,” he said, “running secondary ops is a lose-lose proposition. The costs of workers’ comp and healthcare for the employee running them make secondary ops a non-starter in today’s environment. The labor cost just kills you.”