In the years since 1969, when Herman Luchner opened his tool shop in Spring Valley, California, he has guided it through the full spectrum of what a tool and die company can do. At one time or another, Lucher Tool Engineering has designed and built tools that make or handle everything from missiles, munitions, spacecraft hardware and stealth bomber components to consumer products, automotive machinery, mass transit systems, loading equipment and plastic injection molds.
Today, Luchner Tool Engineering is a complete manufacturing and engineering service and certified tool supplier meeting the advanced technological demands of the aerospace industry. One key to the company’s diversified tooling capabilities is the way Luchner has been careful to staff the business with what he considers to be “30 of the best tool and die craftsmen, designers, and administrative personnel to be found anywhere.”
Operating from its 23,000-square-foot plant in a Scripps Ranch eucalyptus grove, Luchner Tool Engineering has found success in the international marketplace by providing better prices, on-time delivery and custom tool services using cutting-edge technology. Approximately half of Luchner’s business is with foreign companies, a fact reflected in the company’s client list, which includes dozens of airlines in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America as well as the huge European consortium that builds the Airbus jetliners. Domestic customers include numerous U.S. airlines and General Electric, Rohr (now B.F. Goodrich), Solar Turbines, Pratt & Whitney, Boeing/Douglas and United Technologies Chemical Systems (Trident-II rocket motor program).
With the decline in military spending in recent years, Luchner Tool Engineering has changed some of its focus toward manufacturing ground support equipment for commercial aircraft, and that has become a leading source of revenue for the company. Whenever mechanics remove one of a jetliner’s immense engines, the specialized equipment that supports and moves it is probably made by Luchner Tool Engineering.