Management Team

At Precision Waterjet Inc., our dedicated staff strives to provide the best possible service for all our customers. Our team brings years of waterjet cutting and laser cutting experience along with an understanding of engineering, competitive and complementary machine processes, and maintenance, to help you tackle your most difficult projects. We believe in a straightforward, honest team approach with our customers.

Precision Waterjet Inc. was founded in early 2006 by Larry and Rich Edwards, a father and son team. Their first equipment investment was a Flow6012 dynamic capable abrasive waterjet. This state-of-the-art equipment can achieve cutting pressures up to 60,000 psi. With these pressures and a large accurate cutting envelope, they were able to provide local cutting to the Chicago suburbs and nationally across the United States. Growing their business slowly by winning customers with their philosophy to provide the best possible service and deliver the best possible product at a fair price, they have added employees who share their same vision. Along with this growth in employees, they have added 2 more waterjets, 2 lasers, and even more inspection and secondary processes.

As PWJet grows, we continue to provide our customers with some of the fastest and best machine cutting services available. Our commitment to providing the premier level services that we do does not come easy. It takes a large investment to be sure our people are well trained, and to continuously maintain and update all our equipment. The team at PWJet has the passion and commitment to serve your cutting needs today and in the future.

Rich Edwards, President

Rich’s extensive work experience, knowledge base and commitment to quality create a solid foundation on which Precision Waterjet is built. As a young child he always had a passion for machines, constantly working with his hands to build or take things apart to see how they worked. Starting his career in the United States Air Force he began working on the E4-B, a military version of the Boeing 747. It was during this time he became a registered Airframe and Power plant mechanic. While successful at this career, he decided that he wanted to expand his knowledge and follow a creative passion to work building machines. Going to school and taking advantage of a great opportunity, he got the chance to learn design and many different manufacturing methods while building custom automation equipment and prototypes. In 2006 he decided to take all that knowledge and start his own business with his father Larry, and Precision Waterjet was born. Using his experience in machine design, he has helped modify Precision Waterjet’s equipment and cutting practices to tackle the most difficult jobs. He continues to expand the company and remains a contact for customer needs.

Larry Edwards, Vice President

Larry helped to build Precision Waterjet from the very beginning. Growing up as a kid working on his Grandparents farm in the summer, he understands hard work and dedication.  Working for the airlines and retiring as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer he brings years of process and mechanical experience to Precision Waterjet.  Since 2006 he has engineered ways to make PWJet high pressure pumps and other equipment some of the most reliable in the industry.  He is also the driver, and the builder, of the Precision Waterjet sponsored 68 Camaro vintage road race car, be sure to come see Larry race at the track.

Kim Ramirez, Office Manager

Kim was one of the company’s first full time employees. With a graphic art and an early childhood education background she joined the team in 2011. She is still employed today as the office manager. With her friendly and upbeat approach, she is PWJet’s main point of contact for our customers and vendors. Her exceptional organizational skills and early childhood education background help keep the team at PWJet working together. 

Casey Cordell, Shop Manager

When Casey joined PWJet in 2015 he was an Army veteran with a college degree in computer science who had a great passion for all aspects of how things are made. His hobbies which included welding, machining, gunsmithing, and building cars and motorcycles gave him an excellent background to learn the waterjet operations at PWJet.  He gained so much manufacturing experience from PWJet and individual studies that it took him only a few short years to become the shop manager and lead programmer. 

Ryan, Laser Department Lead

Ryan joined PWJet in 2017 with over 20 years of past laser experience.  Ryan had been already working with Rich as a vendor since 2007, so the transition when PWJet brought laser work in house was almost seamless.

Craig, Laser Operator/Programmer

Craig joined PWJet in 2015, his first position was operating waterjets. When PWJet added laser services he dove in immediately and learned the new technologies applying PWJets philosophies to laser work.   

Nick, Waterjet Operator/Programmer

Nick joined PWJet in 2016, new to the manufacturing world at the time he learned how to operate waterjets with PWJet while completing his college degree in Manufacturing at the same time. 

Ron, Waterjet Operator/Waterjet Overhaul

Ron joined PWJet in 2017 at the tome he was new to manufacturing but not new to machines. Having been in the mechanical repair field he was able to apply this knowledge to learning the maintenance of the waterjets while also learning their operation.  

Tony, Shipping and Receiving/Laser Operator

Tony Joined PWJet in 2017, he was able to apply his years of experience in the manufacturing field to easily manage our shipping and receiving department. He also operates the lasers and waterjets to help with heavy workloads.

John, Sales

John joined PWJet in 2018, first working as Shipping and Receiving and demonstrating a knack for customer interaction and organizational skills he was moved into the sales position in early 2021. He is our customers main point of contact as he makes sure their job flows smoothly and quickly through the shop. 

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