C & B Introduces Our New Model Clamp Bore Grinding Machine

We are in the process of building our new single spindle model of our clamp bore grinding machine. A single spindle clamp bore is ideal for grinding parts that have tight tolerances, require bore-to-face perpendicularity, unequal stock removal and for plants with limited floor space! C & B Clamp Bore machines are available with tooling changeover options that allow you to perform part changeovers quickly and easily. The in-process gauging unit is available with a quick-change, error-proof adjustment as well. The cup grinding wheel arbor has the option to be pre-mounted to allow for a quick change with no tools required.

Part tolerances for the parts that will be ran on these machines:


± 0.03 mm


0.025 mm


0.050 mm


0.050 mm


0.5 Ra

Typically, these gears would be double disc ground. The bore-to-face perpendicularity cannot be altered by the double disc grind process, it holds the tolerance from the previous operation. With clamp bore grinding bore-to-face requirements can be met.

Close up of clamp bore tooling

The C & B single spindle clamp bore model # CBV4-1F-1S, has a robot load the part unto the tooling chuck, the 4-inch cup wheel comes down and grinds one side of the part based on the reading being picked up by the in-process gauge. The cup wheel retracts, the part is flipped over and then the wheel in-feeds to grind to size based on the in-process gauge reading. Once the part is finished the robot picks it up and places a new part on the chuck. The cycle time for one finished part is estimated to be 30 seconds. 

  • The C & B Machinery Team

A Machine Retool Could Save You Time & Money

C & B has completed hundreds of retools in our 35+ year history on all types of grinding machines. A retool is a great way to utilize your existing capital to run a new line of parts. Have grinding machines in storage or machines that are running parts for an expiring program? You could use those machines to run parts for a new or existing program! Don’t have any machines to submit for retooling? Not a problem, C & B has a large inventory of used disc grinding machines that we can tool to run your parts. A retooled machine will save you thousands over buying new! A retool will also require less lead time than a new machine build. Compared to the cost of purchasing a new machine, retooling your existing machine could save you over 75%! During a retool advancements can be made to the load/unload automation to increase dependability. C & B can also complete upgrades to the grinder that will lessen machine wear over time and increase up time!

The above machine was retooled for the General Motors Bay City plant. This double disc grinding machine is setup to grind connecting rods. C & B replaced all part details with new to allow the machine to run a different program of connecting rods. Advancements were made to the load/unload automation during this retool to make the components more efficient and reliable. 


Contact us today and we can discuss if a retool is right for you!


-The C & B Machinery Team

About C & B

C & B Machinery is a builder of high precision grinding machines based in Brighton, Michigan. Grinding machines, including all tooling, fixtures, controls and lubrication system is designed, manufactured and installed at the Brighton, MI, facility and fully supported after the sale by C & B Machinery’s, qualified and trained, service and support staff.  C & B supplies machines for a global list of customers, with the majority of sales being in North America (NAFTA Region). We provide complete turnkey grinding cells for all U.S. automotive companies and their tier-one and two suppliers. Included in our customer base are also aerospace, bearing, heavy equipment, compressor and oil & gas industries. 

C & B is Preparing for Shipment of our Rotary Plunge Double Disc Grinders!

C & B just moved to this larger facility 5 months ago and we are already running out of space! Shipment of 4 new C & B designed and built rotary plunge style double disc grinding machines will be happening very soon! These machines were custom built for Ford Motor Company and are going into one of their Mexico plants. The machines have a C & B load/unload gantry that takes parts from the ASI automation unit through the grind cycle and back to the automation unit.

Ready to ship these machines to make room for the next jobs coming down the pipeline! 

C & B Machinery Recognized for Economic Success in Livingston County

EDCLC and Ann Arbor SPARK Recognize Livingston County Economic Successes


Economic progress and successes were celebrated at the Economic Development Council of Livingston County’s (EDCLC) annual meeting, co-hosted by Ann Arbor SPARK. The organizations also honored organizations and businesses that demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last year, and made significant investments in Livingston County. Pinckney Community Schools was honored as Talent Innovator of the Year for its Cyber Range, and Tribar Manufacturing and the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) were awarded Economic Development Partners of the Year.

“Along with our colleagues at EDCLC, Ann Arbor SPARK is committed to working with state and local partners to grow the region’s economy, and our collaborative efforts are yielding impressive results,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “From talent to incentives to transportation initiatives, this thoughtful and robust approach to attracting and retaining growing businesses is creating jobs and investment – from all over the world – in Livingston County. In a fiercely competitive global market, the assets in our region are a definite advantage.”

Several companies that achieved significant growth in the last year were also honored. The companies were:

  • Armor Protective Packaging, which consolidated its out-of-state operations to its headquarters in Howell.
  • C&B Machinery, which invested $2.95 million in relocating to Green Oak Township as a way to accommodate its planned future growth.
  • Chem-Trend, which recently announced a $7.7 million investment in expanding its research and development facility in the City of Howell.
  • Grupo Antolin Interiors, for expanding its facility in Howell Township, and investing $44.9 million in the region.
  • Medical Comfort Specialists, for investing $3.25 million in expanding its Fowlerville facility by 10,000 sq ft.
  • Tribar Manufacturing, for hiring 100 new full-time employees to accommodate its growth.

A video highlighting the economic successes in Livingston County is available online: https://youtu.be/VpGQglKgYJs.

Pinckney Community Schools was honored for being awarded grant money from the State of Michigan to establish a Cyber Range Hub at Pinckney High School. A Cyber Range Hub is a facility that contains a computing and networking infrastructure to provide certification courses, cybersecurity training exercises, and product hardening/testing through a direct connection to the Michigan Cyber Range. The Michigan Cyber Range is hosted and facilitated by Merit Network in partnership with the State of Michigan and with the sponsorship of DTE Energy.

Tribar Manufacturing and the MTA were honored for their partnership, which led to a growing relationship between the MTA and other Livingston County businesses. MTA is bringing talent from the Flint area to Livingston County, helping to fulfill the demand for talent in the region.

About Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Washtenaw County etcs/Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit www.AnnArborUSA.org.

View source version on businesswire.com:http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161111005465/en/ “

  • Original article located here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161111005465/en/

Job Posting

Electrical Controls Detailer

C & B Machinery, a Brighton based company that designs, manufactures, and builds grinding machines, is seeking a controls detailer that is hard working, eager to learn, and has good communication skills.  This position would offer the potential for expanding into system design and logic programming.

Job Functions:

  • Work closely with engineers to create complete drawing packages for projects.
  • Control system detailing including wiring diagrams, panel and operator station layouts, fluid power diagrams, material stock lists.
  • Utilize AutoCAD software for creating diagrams and layouts.
  • Utilize Microsoft Word and Excel for creating documentation and manuals.
  • Follow applicable standards and automotive customer specifications.    


  • Proficient with AutoCAD and Microsoft Office software.
  • Ability to follow wiring diagrams / schematics.
  • Ability to follow fluid power diagrams.
  • Basic knowledge of PLC/CNC control system layouts.
  • Ability to maintain good housekeeping and organization.
  • Ability to work well with a team.


  • Our company offers their employees an exceptional environment to work in and the chance to work alongside other great professionals.
  • The company understands the value of their employees; therefore, this position offers a competitive compensation package in addition to an astounding benefits package which you will be able to partake in.
  • Within our benefits package we offer Health, Dental, Prescription (currently no employee contribution required), Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, Tuition Reimbursement and a 100% matched 401k Program.


To Apply:

Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter and their salary history/requirements. Please be sure to provide a current phone number.


Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter and their salary history/requirements to jobs@cbmachinery.com. Please be sure to provide a current phone number.


Applicants only! Staffing agencies and recruiters please do not contact. We are an equal opportunity employer!

C & B Machinery CEO Joe Parker, thrives in Livingston community

(Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

(Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

Howell businessman Joe Parker thriving in community

Latest move caps nearly 30 years of investments in Livingston County

Joe Parker never went to college, but he always worked extremely hard. And he doesn’t stop until he gets the job done.

It’s paid off.

The Howell resident owns C & B Machinery, which sells disc-grinding machines all over the world. He owns Heart of Howell, a three-story downtown business hub, and the trendy 2FOG’s Pub in its basement and several other Livingston County businesses besides.

“I didn’t have the money and I didn’t have the education, but I had the time,” Parker said of his humble beginnings. “I had good mechanical aptitude (and) had tools.

“I was too dumb and young to know I couldn’t do something,” he added.

Since moving to Howell in 1989, Parker and his family – doing business as Howell Land Development, Howell Investments and Allen Parker Investments – have turned three commercial buildings on the northeast corner of Grand River Avenue and Walnut Street into the Heart of Howell, opened 2FOG’s Pub and helped launch Frontal Lobe, a second business hub. Frontal Lobe is now owned by Bada Bing, a firm with ties to his family. 

This August, Parker moved C & B, the fruit of his labor since 1981, from Livonia to Green Oak Township, capping nearly three decades of investments in the county.

Parker, his wife, Becky, and their two daughters, Courtney and Brooke, celebrated C & B’s grand opening with friends, employees and local officials earlier this month. U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester Hill, attended the event.

Parker’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. He and Becky in September were named grand marshals of the Fantasy of Lights Parade.

“Howell and Livingston County are fortunate that Joe and his family are making such major investments in our community,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “Re-purposing three under-used, historic buildings and turning them into Heart of Howell, a thriving mixed-used development, is one of Joe’s  most visible investments with enormous impact on our downtown.”

A Howell dynasty in the making

In 1978, a friend spotted Parker’s strong work ethic and made him a business offer he just couldn’t refuse. He sent Parker and his wife to Corbin, Kentucky, the birthplace of Col. Sanders, to open and operate a pizza and steak sandwich shop.

After three years in the South and with Col. Sanders-style success nowhere in sight, the Parkers switched gears and returned home to Michigan with a daughter in tow so that Joe Parker could focus on a lifelong passion, repairing industrial machines.

Parker turned his passion into C & B and, in Livonia, launched the manufacturing company to design and build disc-grinding machines for Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Harley-Davidson and other manufacturers. The Parkers named the manufacturing company after their two daughters, Courtney and Brooke.

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Joe Parker, center, talks with son-in-law Fabrizio Tarara, vice president of C & B Machinery, about the controlling of a pinion grinder designed by the firm Parker formed. (Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

Joe Parker, center, talks with son-in-law Fabrizio Tarara, vice president of C & B Machinery, about the controlling of a pinion grinder designed by the firm Parker formed. (Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)

“We’ve worked for our children all of our lives,” Parker said. “Our goal was to have a good quality of life for our children.”

As C & B prospered, Parker moved to Howell and launched Allen Parker Investments in 1989, Howell Investments in 1993 and Rockford Service & Support in Rockford, Illinois, in 1999. He started Howell Land Development in 2005.

C & B now ships the machines to India, Mexico, Canada, Europe and other parts of the world. The accounting firm Ernst & Young gave Parker its Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2008 in the Central Great Lakes region.

The Heart of Howell opened for business in 2011 and 2FOG’s in 2015.

“I have an incredible amount of respect for Joe Parker and his family for all of the investment they have done and Livingston County,” said Pam McConeghy, president and CEO of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce. “They truly are remarkable, and I am extremely happy to have the new investment of C & B Machinery in Brighton.

“It is a great addition to our business community,” she added. “We at the chamber of commerce wish them the very best with all endeavors.”

His family ties

Parker’s oldest, Courtney Tarara, manages Heart of Howell projects and is involved with other family businesses.

“I think what he has done with his life is amazing,” Tarara said. “He came from absolutely nothing and got where he is with basically blood, sweat, tears (and) his guts.

“He’s very loyal and passionate and hard working. Nothing was handed to him,” she added.

Parker’s youngest, Brooke Sredzinski, runs Allen Parker Investments and Howell Land Development.

Sredzinski also keeps the accounting books for C & B and 2FOG’s Pub.

Howell Land Development has purchased a number of properties in Howell since launching in 2005, including the buildings that Parker converted into the Heart of Howell, which was filled to capacity earlier this year.

“I’m proud of him,” Sredzinski said. “I’m proud he’s my dad. He’s a hard worker. He’s dedicated. When he sets his mind to do something, he gives it his all, that’s for sure.

“One of his admirable qualities is that he’s a straight shooter, he’s always honest,” she added. “I think that’s hard to find nowadays.”

Parker plans on staying in Howell for the long term for several reasons. One, his daughters and their families live down the block. Two, he can see deer in his back yard. Three, he has a short commute to work, and Livingston has a rich talent pool of employees.

He credits his wife for his success. The Parkers have been married for 44 years.

“My wife, Becky, was the best thing I ever did,” he said. “Being married to a quality person and having children, that was my first stroke of luck.”

Livingston Daily business reporter Noe Hernandez

Link to article: http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/2016/10/31/joe-parker-thriving-howell/92452518/

C & B Machinery is hosting an Open House at our new Livingston County Location

Ribbon cutting ceremony for our new location followed by building tours and product demonstrations.

C & B Machinery has moved into a new facility recently. Now that all renovations and updates are complete, we would like to share our accomplishment with the community, our customers and our suppliers. The Open House will take place on Thursday, October 13th from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at our new innovative facility located at 7771 Lochlin Dr. Brighton, MI 48116

The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce and The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce will be present for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony is planned for2:15 p.m.. Congressman Mike Bishop will be in to tour our facility during the Open House. We will have product demonstrations and displays setup to showcase our technology advancements and capabilities. 

C & B Machinery CEO, Joe Parker, has been contributing to the Brighton/Howell communities for many years. This year, Joe and his wife Becky, have been named Grand Marshals for the Fantasy of Lights Parade in downtown Howell. 
A light lunch and drinks will be provided for visitors during the Open House. We hope to see many familiar faces and new ones as well!


Joe Parker, CEO and Becky Parker Named 2016 Grand Marshals

Fantasy of Lights Parade Grand Marshals Joe and Becky Parker have a heart for Howell

Business owners and Howell investors Joe

C & B Machinery CEO

and Becky Parker are the 2016 Grand Marshals of the Fantasy of Lights Parade. The Fantasy of Lights is Friday, Nov. 25 in downtown Howell.

The Grand Marshals are selected based on their contributions to the city. The Parkers own the Heart of Howell and Frontal Lobe in downtown Howell, and are know for their generous charitable contributions to an array of organizations. With the Heart of Howell, the Parkers have made a substantial investment in downtown.  Joe Parker’s vision’s resulted in a multi-million dollar project that took three under-used-but-historic buildings, and combined them into one magnificent, multi-use facility. 

The idea for the investment started with the purchase of one building, but quickly escalated to three. Tenants include Your Peace of Mind on the top floor, SoulShine Yoga and the Loft on the second floor, Silverstone Jewelers and Encore 118 on the street level, and 2FOG’s Pub, owned by the Parkers and currently being expanded in the lower level. The Heart of Howell was recognized with an Architectural Investment Award at the 2015 Howell Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.

The Frontal Lobe, located next to the Dairy Queen is the first coworking facility in the county and was also developed by the Parkers.

“The Parkers are such an asset to the chamber and the entire community,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “Their family, including their two daughters and grandchildren are rooted and committed to this community and downtown Howell.”

The Parkers moved to Howell in 1989 and have raised their two daughters, Courtney and Brooke, here.  Joe Parker found himself investing in business and real estate in and around Howell, but it was when his daughters convinced him to invest in downtown that the Parkers truly devoted themselves to the city’s growth.

With Becky Parker’s absolute love of winter, the Fantasy of Lights Parade is one of her favorite holiday traditions. The Parkers are honored and thrilled to be the 2016 Grand Marshals, but are most excited to have their five grandchildren on the Grand Marshal float with them for the parade.

“They are going to absolutely love being in the parade,” said Joe Parker about his grandchildren. “Becky and I are so honored to be named the 2016 Grand Marshals.”

The 33rd annual Fantasy of Lights is hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Activities begin at 4 p.m., followed by the Fantasy 5K at 6 and the start of the parade at 7. Major sponsor of the Fantasy of Lights is Cobb-Hall Insurance. Supporting sponsors are Citizens Insurance and Blue Care Network of Michigan. Champion Automotive Group is the Fantasy 5K Platinum Sponsor. Other sponsors include LOC Federal Credit Union, Christmas Alley; and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, Santa and Reindeer.

For more information about the Fantasy of Lights, visit howell.org or howellfantasy5K.com

Michelle Tokan

Howell Area Chamber of Commerce

C & B Machinery @ IMTS 2016!

Exhibitor Booth # N-7550

C & B Machinery will be an exhibitor at the 
International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016!

We will be displaying video of our latest projects to show our newest advancements in grinding technology. Our top-notch sales team will also be there to discuss any future grinding needs within your company.

Recent innovations made at C & B:

  • A 42 inch abrasive connecting rod grinder that can grind two non-coplanar rods at the same time!
    See a video of the whole cell in action here!
  • An extremely flexible re-engineered 23 inch abrasive horizontal double disc grinder. Tooled with our swing arm style tooling, this grinder is able to setup to grind a variety of parts with a wide range of part sizes.
  • A high production rotary double disc grinder capable of grinding up to 3,600 parts per hour at 100% efficiency. This grinding machine was equipped with u-notch rotary carrier style tooling.
    See a video clip of this machine running parts click here!

The C & B Machinery team is always looking to solve a grinding dilemma!
IMTS is a great way to showcase everything we can offer.
IMTS will take place at McCormick Place, Chicago – September 12-17, 2016.

We hope to see you there!

C & B Machinery is Moving!

Street View C & B Machinery Lochlin Building


C & B Machinery is expanding! The new facility will allow for increased capacity, more space for new/stock machine builds and our in-house scraping service. The C & B Machinery Team is also growing, and we couldn’t be more excited!

  • Painting C & B Machine Shop
  • New Facility Machine Shop
  • C & B Machinery New Facility Move In
  • C & B Machinery New Location Machine Shop
  • C & B Machine Shop Overview
  • Back of the Machine Shop
  • Paint booth
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360° View of Facility C & B Machinery New Location Video

7771 Lochlin Dr, Brighton, MI 48116

-Click the map for directions-

C & B Machinery Lochlin Map

Operations will begin at the new location on July 18th, 2016.


-The C & B Machinery Team