The Townsend family had relied on the family farm as a source of prosperity for many years. However, as small family farms slowly lost profitability in the mid-20th century, the family added a small machine shop to the land to supplement income. Nearly 50 years later, Townsend Machine Inc defines the family business just as the farm had done for earlier generations. Today, Townsend Machine still operates from the family farm, performing part production and die/mold machining for a variety of markets, including water treatment, pump, and aerospace. For several years, Townsend Machine outsourced five gun-drilling applications; however, rising costs soon justified an internal investment in these capabilities. Townsend selected the a51 HMC from Makino. Townsend Machine optimizes cycle time and throughput for several jobs at a time by using tombstone fixtures in the a51. The machine's compact, rigid spindle design also offers flexible tooling options, enabling operators to program several operations in a single setup.