Our History

OUR ROOTS IN SWISS PRECISION

Geroge L. Droz, Founder of Specialty Screw Machine Products, Inc.
George L. Droz started Specialty Screw Machine Products, Inc. in 1936. Droz first came to America from Switzerland to lend his expertise as a master watchmaker and experience working hands-on with precision parts to the Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. From there, he originally established Specialty in New York City and, using Swiss-type lathes, began manufacturing small, precision parts for various instruments, watches and meters. From the beginning, Specialty endeavored to make demanding parts to exacting customer specifications -- and to deliver them when promised.

SPECIALTY COMES HOME TO LANCASTER

Droz recognized that precision pieces such as the ones made by Specialty then and now are possible only when caring, skilled and motivated individuals operate the machines. Droz found these qualities in the people of Lancaster, and moved his business from New York to a second-floor location in the city in 1938. That year, Specialty employed about 20 people. Two years later in 1940, Droz moved his business to the site it still occupies today.

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During World War II, Specialty earned several, coveted Army-Navy "E Awards" for exceptional performance on the production front. The now converted entrance guardhouse still evokes that era, when the demand for parts for airplane instruments spurred rapid growth for Specialty.

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OUR COMMITMENT ENDURES

Through the years -- and through new generations of Droz leadership -- Specialty has remained committed to producing the finest precision-machined parts. Specialty has added additional Swiss-type machines, new technologies and carefully trained staff to remain leaders in specialized, high-precision manufacturing.