Manufacturing Systems Inc.


Recommendations And References



  • Matt Kaartinen, owner and operator of MK Tooling,  (Click for Recommendation).

  • Lenny Lardieri,  Chief Operating Officer of Fulfillment Corporation of America, (Click for Recommendation).

  • Doug Stapp, VP of Engineering for Leatherman Tool Group, (retired),  (Click for Recommendation).

  • Gerald T Fisher, Engineering Manager at Leupold & Stevens, (retired),  (Click for Recommendation).

  • Mike Francis, Owner and operator of Electro Pac Inc., (503) 285-0972, Electro Pac has built UL Custom Panels and installed many of the control system for projects that I have designed over the last 25 years.

  • Dan Hill, VP of Operations for Traeger Pellet Grills, (Click For Recommendation).
  • Daniel Wulff, Director of Operations for Dynic USA Corp., (Click for Recommendation).


February 11, 2009
Matt Kaartinen
(503) 253-9072

To whom It May Concern:

I am the owner of M.K. Tooling Inc. I have known Ed Thompson for over 30 years.

I have worked on numerous projects where Ed has designed for a variety of customers. These
projects include automated riveting, grinding, assembly, heat treating, wood and metal
processing machines, plus many others.

The excellent and innovative design of these machines has made them cost effective,
productive, dependable, and easy to maintain.

I have enjoyed working with Ed throughout the years, and highly recommend his services for any of your design projects.

Please feel free to contact me for additional information.

Matt Kaatinen  

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April 10, 2009

Lenny Lardieri
(503) 906-4101

To whom it may concern:
I have know Ed for over 15 years and have worked with him for over 10 of those years on various projects that were technically challenged to say the least.

Ed was presented with a design requirement and then the fun started. The process and equipment (systems) were designed, tested, and released for production with the required results 100% of the time. Documentation to the design and process allowed for a secure proprietary environment.

The other amazing benefit with Ed and his company was the fact the equipment and process were ready for production on time!  In many cases the process results kept competition from figuring out "How did they do that?"

I will always recommend Ed and his company without any reservation. Feel free to contact me for any questions.
Len Lardieri
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January 12 2009
Gerald T. Fisher
(503) 642-1736 or (503) 310-0410

To whom it may concern:

I was employed at Leupold & Stevens Inc for 35 years, until retirement in 2006. I had responsibility for production and assembly tooling, and new product introduction.

I became acquainted with Mr. Edwin Thompson many years ago, and contracted his services for the development of specialty tooling systems, automation programs for tooling systems, and Leupold’s software that interfaced with the company web site.

If you desire an excellent, seasoned Engineer with a great deal of creativity, and the ability to effectively communicate with your project team, He’s your man.

Success of projects that Mr. Thompson participated in was due to his professional demeanor, Engineering talent, excellent working relationships with team members, and his strong project management skills. If one is short on project management skills Mr. Thompson is extremely qualified with a proven track record.

Should you require a turnkey tooling system Mr. Thompson will provide designs and has established resources to manufacture and assemble a complete system.

Working with Mr. Thompson was an honor, and brought me many successes. I highly recommend him for any challenges that you may have.

Through out my 50-year career in manufacturing I have worked with many Engineers, and it is rare that you find one with the qualities that Mr. Thompson possesses.

Please feel free to contact me for additional information.

Gerald T. Fisher

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Doug Stapp
(503) 655-7945

To whom it may concern:

I was employed by Leatherman Tool Group for almost 21 years until my retirement in early 2008. For the major portion of this time, my position was that of VP, Engineering.

I had responsibility for manufacturing engineering, product design and facilities engineering. During periods of rapid growth, we often found it necessary to contract out some of the special machine design activities of our manufacturing engineering group.

Early in my Leatherman career, I met Ed Thompson during a search for outside machine design firms. This was the beginning of a long and successful relationship between Leatherman and Manufacturing Systems, Inc.

Ed designed many custom automated production machines for us. He also participated in R&D for improving some of our most complex manufacturing processes. In some cases, he also helped with controls design for equipment developed by Leatherman engineers.

His projects were very professional, innovative, efficient, and cost effective. He was able to take the requirements from our in-house engineers and convert these into successful projects with a minimum amount of in-house coordination time required.

Ed had an exceptionally good working relationship with both our Leatherman engineers and the outside machine shops who built most of the projects. His follow through and assistance at the time of machine start up was also very good.

There were even a few times where I was able to briefly step away from normal management responsibilities and work on a project directly with Ed. Those were some of my more enjoyable moments on the job.

I can honestly say that during my career, Ed’s company was the best engineering services firm that I ever hired and I would highly recommend him for any of the engineering activities listed on his website.

Please feel free to contact me for any further information.

Doug Stapp


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Dan Hill
(503) 685-6219

To whom it may concern:

I have had the pleasure to work with Ed Thompson for the past few months after I came on board as an operations manager for a local company.  I have found Ed to be a tremendous asset to not only identifying our top quality problems, but helping us get to root cause and corrective action as well as developing test protocol and preliminary functional test fixtures. 

Ed has offered some amazing out of the box investigation techniques that have clearly helped us to communicate problem areas in some of our offshore operations.  As a result of Ed’s work, we are well on our way to implementing design solutions for our top 4 field quality issues.

Please feel free to contact me for any further information.

Dan Hill

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March 25,2014
Daniel Wulff
(503) 693-1070

To Whom It May Concern:

We recently did a large project to modify our machinery and to add additional capabilities and products.  We employed Ed Thompson as Project Manager and Engineer to help us through it.  Ed Worked very closely with our internal Project Manager, Ray Tutor, and between them, they did a great job overseeing everything from selecting the architects and outside engineering to working with the city and fire departments for our hazardous materials areas.  Additionally, Ed designed several components and structures, which we have built and deployed.  Ed also recommended some new vendors for us, which have been a great help for both the project and ongoing activities here in the plant.

Ed is very easy to work with due to his great personality.  He explains complex issues to non-technical people easily.  Ed is very intelligent and creative and can find solutions to many obstacles.

I would recommend Ed should you need an outstanding engineer to assist you with whatever project or ongoing need you may have.

Daniel Wulff

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