Derita Precision Machine Company was founded in 1955, by Mr. Bert
Dennis Butts. Stemming from a long heritage of blacksmiths, Bert gained over 20 years of
machining experience before he started this company. He, a few other employees, and later
his son, worked out of a small brick building just a few miles from downtown Charlotte.
The company specialized in developing and producing a wide variety of products for the
In the spring of 1971, he moved the company to the 6.5 acre site where
DPMC stands today. By the time he passed away in 1983, B.D. Butts had thoroughly instilled
a company-wide commitment to provide the highest quality of service possible to it's
His son, Dennis Butts, took over as president of the company after his
father's death. At that time, the company's forte was turning parts on it's 6 automatic
lathes which were programmed by placing pins in the holes of a programming pegboard, and
setting toggle switches and hydraulic valves. To increase production capabilities, Dennis
purchased his first CNC, a Miyano BNC-34 2-axis lathe, in 1984.
The high production gains realized by that machine led to the purchase
of additional CNC machines and support equipment. To supplement this growth, Dennis began
a focused Quality Improvement program with heavy emphasis on integrating computers into
Deritas manufacturing processes. He, working with his son, Denny, started developing
and documenting the company's policies and approved methods for:
The integrity of DPMCs quality and production system would soon
be tested by fire (literally). On August 13, 1989, an unexplained fire started above the
offices of the companys main building and blazed out of control for a little over an
hour, destroying about 90% of the company's equipment. No employees were hurt, and the
company was able to rebuild to it's previous capabilities within about 3-5 years.
Since the mid-1990s, DPMC has progressed into the "new
economy" with steady, controlled growth and diversification. The company now machines
and assembles products for several large aerospace, automotive, and electrical component
manufacturers. Derita is USAs exclusive supplier for some of the textile industries
most intricate machine components such as the tucking needles that weave fiber for
clothes, sheets, towels, etc. on the industrys newest high production looms.
As part of its progressive business strategy, DPMC has
successfully launched itself into software design, development, production, marketing, and
distribution. Derita owns and operates www.cncwarrior.com which is a web site devoted to machining related software.