.: About Us
Planetary Machine & Engineering, Inc. began in the spring of 1997 in
Escondido, CA. It was co-founded by William Heath and Layne Oaks. Mr. Heath
is President of Planetary Machine & Engineering, Inc. while Mr. Oaks is the Vice
President of Manufacturing.
Between Mr. Heath and Mr. Oaks, they have over 60 years experience
in contract manufacturing. Mr. Heath and Mr. Oaks worked together previously
in the early 1980’s in an East County contract manufacturing facility and had
lost contact with each other for many years.
In 1997, Mr. Heath sought out Mr. Oaks as a technical partner to begin a
business venture. Mr. Heath had worked in various managerial positions within
the machining industry. In addition, Mr. Heath had owned businesses associated
with both Medical and Aerospace manufacturing. Mr. Oaks had also worked in
various positions as a machinist, programmer, and supervisor.
The vision of both Mr. Heath and Mr. Oaks from the very beginning was to
create a small and successful business that catered to the needs of various markets.
Today, Planetary Machine and Engineering Inc. has 35 employees with annual sales
exceeding $3.5 million. We inhabit a modern 18,000 sq. ft. facility (two buildings), working three
shifts 24 hours per day, seven days a week. This is successfully accomplished by a
team oriented group of employees, communicating effectively.
Since mid year 2011, PME has been in a continual improvement mode, with
many changes occurring to improve various processes. These process improvements
to all areas of our business, continue allowing us to move toward ISO 9001 : 2008
qualification. We believe that efforts put forth by each and every individual working
for Planetary Machine & Engineering, Inc. will ensure our success in the present
and the future.