Where it all started...
Centerline Engineered Solutions proudly traces its heritage to Aldrich Machine Works. Aldrich Machine Works was founded by Alfred Proctor Aldrich in 1918 as a repair shop and later he expanded to include the production of ball bearings. The Aldrich sons, A. P. JR and Robert were both graduate engineers. They moved the business away from repair work and concentrated on the manufacture of ball bearing equipment for textile mills.
Aldrich Machine Works grew to be a leading supplier to the textile industry throughout the Southeast and thrived with the textile industry for many decades. In 2004, Aldrich Machine Works was merged with Swofford Engineering, another engineering and fabrication business based in Greenwood. From these two solid, engineering-focused companies lies the foundation for Centerline Engineered Solutions.
Who we are today...
We are committed to producing quality products and services, being environmentally sustainable, operating in a safe work environment, continuously improving our operation, and improving the community that we love.
Phil Vickery | President & Owner
BS Electrical Engineering – Clemson University
MBA – Clemson University
25 years of Manufacturing experience within a 24 hour/7 days per week operation. Phil began his career with Capsugel as a 3rd Shift Supervisor and finished as Sr. Director Manufacturing with full responsibilities for manufacturing facilities in Greenwood, SC and Puebla Mexico.
Johnny Copeland | Production Lead
39 years of Machining experience. Johnny began his career with Cincinnati Milicron as a machinist. Johnny progressed to leadership roles at Cincinnati Milicron and later moved to leadership roles at Burnstein Von Seelen. Johnny joined 2 years ago bringing engineering and design expertise along with CNC programing and drafting skills to the team.
Larry Laughlin | Engineering
Larry started his career with Ford Motor Company where he worked in a mechanical and diagnostic role for 6 years. Larry spent 6 years with Goodyear Tire and Rubber. In 1978, Larry went to work for Chick Medical which was a part of Parke Davis Company. Larry transitioned to an R&D role where he was named on 3 US patents and 1 international patent. As Chick Medical was divested, Larry moved to Swofford Engineering where he lead the creation of their Fabrication business and served as lead engineer on numerous projects through the years.
Joey Culbertson | Customer Service Lead
Allen Laughlin | Shipping & Delivery Lead
Allen began his career 40 years ago with Aldrich Machine Works. He started directly out of high school with the company and attended Piedmont Technical College while working. Throughout Allen’s career he has been a welder, machinist, painter, and installation lead at customers. Allen now works directly with our customers as the Shipping and Delivery Lead. Also, Allen is our resident historian regarding our company and our customers.
Randy Rathburn | QA Lead
Randy served our country in the US Navy for 4 years as an Aviation Machinist. While settling in Vermont, Randy worked 35 years in the printing industry in various leadership capacities. Randy then transitioned to the world of Machining and Fabrication as he spent several years working for suppliers to the Defense and Aerospace industry. In 2012, Randy and his wife moved to South Carolina and shortly thereafter, he joined the team.