In 1983, the name Nanlee was conceived by Lee and his wife, Nancy. Between the company's creation in 1983 to its incorporation in 2002, Lee has been working towards a singular goal: to run his own company. In 1987, Lee became a registered Professional Engineer. He is registered in Georgia and Indiana. The first product to come from the young company was a Windscreen to reduce drag when traveling with a trailer.
As a Process Engineer for Southwire in GA, from '78-'87, Lee developed his skills in many areas relating to industrial processes and manufacturing. Lee then worked for Essex Wire and Cable in SC from '87-'89, and in IN from '89-'95, as a Process Engineer with a myriad of responsibilities.
Additionally, he began working for GII Solutions as an Engineering Manager, experience which paved the way to the independent company. One of the projects for GII was an automated machine to feed, load, inspect, grind, and store textile cots (rubber guiding wheels). The machine was able to process 350 cots, unattended, in 4 hours, a job that formerly took 3 operators 24 hours to finish. Another project was a pick and place that automatically fed in long rubber tubes, cut them to length, and chamfered the ends. Nanlee Engineering then contracted to Forest Designs from '97-'99.
Through Forest Designs, work began with Volvo Heavy Construction Equipment designing material handling, and with Sonoco designing automation. The project with Sonoco involved modifying a packaging machine that put the foil lid on Pringles™ cans. Through intensive 3D modeling and attention to detail, the modified machine went together without any engineering changes required, and was able to put on 600 lids per minute.
After working with other companies, Nanlee Engineering incorporated in 2002. In 2004 Nanlee Engineering gained certification in machine guarding from Rockford Systems, and began working with several companies to bring their guards to standard using Nanlee Engineering's Mobile Manufacturing Team. In April of 2005, due to our continued growth, Nanlee Engineering Inc. moved into its current building, a 3000 sq ft facility with offices and a shop. Our Mobile Team has been to places as far as St. Paul, MN; Erie, PA; Zanesville, OH; Georgetown, KY; and several points in between.
Currently, our further growth in machine safety and equipment manufacturing has led us to expand our manufacturing capabilities by adding an additional 3600 sq ft building, where we stand ready to meet your needs.