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Founder and President, Thomas McArdle Retires from Great Lakes Machinery Inc.

April 1, 2024

As of April 1, 2024, Great Lakes Machinery founder and President Thomas McArdle has retired. Founded in 1989 out of his house, Tom built a company with a sterling reputation with the mantra of “Business with Integrity”. Tom supplied and supported the largest companies in New York State with world-class technology which helped revolutionize manufacturing in their facilities. He will be truly missed by all those that knew him. We want to congratulate Tom on a successful 35 years of business and wish him nothing but the best in retirement.

In his place, Sean Trabert has been promoted to the role of President and Jonathan Mesch of Vice President.

New Ownership Effective January 1, 2023


We are excited to announce that on January 1st, 2023, Sean Trabert and Jonathan Mesch assumed partial ownership in Great Lakes Machinery Inc with founder and President, Thomas McArdle. This comes as former Vice President and Co-Owner, Timothy McArdle retired on December 31, 2022.

Sean Trabert has been with Great Lakes Machinery Inc. since April of 2018. Prior to joining Great Lakes Machinery in 2014, Sean was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he was a Medium Machine Gun Section leader with two deployments throughout Pacific Command. Sean is currently the outside sales representative in the Rochester, Syracuse, and Central New York region.

Jonathan Mesch has been working in close association with Great Lakes Machinery since the 2005 as the owner of his own machine tool service company, Empire Machine Tool Services. Prior to starting his own business in 2005, Jonathan worked for Osgood Machinery starting in 1997 as one of their lead service technicians prior to selling the business. Jonathan brings over 26 years of industry experience and is Great Lakes Machinery service manager.

We are excited for a bright future as we continue to supply our customers with world class CNC machine tools and service. Thank you for your continued support!

Vice President and Owner, Tim McArdle Retires from Great Lakes Machinery Inc.


On December 31, 2022, Vice President and Owner Timothy McArdle retired from Great Lakes Machinery. Residing in the Rochester area, Tim McArdle was instrumental in the early days of Great Lakes Machinery and developing our customer base in the Rochester / Central New York region. We wish all the best for Tim and his family as he enters his next stage in life and will forever be grateful for his time and contributions.

Kitamura Partners With Great Lakes Machinery


Wheeling, IL – 2022 – Kitamura Machinery, the premier manufacturer of precision horizontalvertical and 5-axis machining centers, has announced that Great Lakes Machinery has been awarded exclusive rights to represent the company’s products in Upstate New York.  Family owned and operated, Great Lakes Machinery has over 40 years’ experience selling, installing, training and servicing the latest and most reliable CNC machine tools in the world.

“Great Lakes Machinery takes immense pride in announcing its partnership with Kitamura Machinery in Upstate New York,” said Thomas McArdle, President of Great Lakes Machinery.  “Since 1989, we have been servicing customers throughout western and central New York, from Albany to Buffalo, with the motto “Business with Integrity” and we take that very seriously.  This exciting new partnership allows us to provide our customer base with the high-quality, high-precision Japanese machine tools with a level of craftsmanship, accuracy, and ingenuity second to none.”

Every Kitamura machining center is designed with superior deflection-free construction, simplicity of operation and unrivaled precision.  Craftsmanship in hand scraping, solid box guide ways and gear driven spindle technology combine with state-of-the art innovations to last longer than competitive machines, continuing to provide a return on investment long after units from other manufacturers have been replaced.

“We are very excited to partner with the team at Great Lakes,” said David Lucius, Kitamura’s Vice President of Sales.  “They have a long history of providing quality machine tools to customers in Upstate New York.  Great Lakes reputation for outstanding service and support will enable our Kitamura users to increase profitability.”