BRADENTON, Fla. - American Torch Tip Co. recently spent $1 million to purchase new CNC machines. The machines will improve quality and increase production rates more than 200 percent, according to the company.

American Torch Tip felt the machines were needed to keep up with demand for its replacement parts used for metal fabrication, company officials said. The new equipment will be used to produce some of the 16,000 plasma, laser, MIG, TIG, thermal spray, oxy-fuel and multi-use replacement parts used on torches, guns and machines for welding, cutting and metal treating.