Advanced Manufacturing Media is a leading source for news and in-depth technical information about advanced manufacturing in North America. Sometimes succession of a family business from one generation to the next doesn’t always go as planned. Take, for example, Laser Specialists Inc. (Fraser, MI). Incorporated in 1986, the company was positioned at the forefront of laser cutting technology. Its founder, Thomas J. Paquin, was a pioneer in the laser cutting industry and is credited with introducing one of the first five-axis laser systems to the Metro-Detroit area in 1989. Paquin’s unexpected death in 1993 significantly reduced the momentum of the young company.Paquin’s sons were still children at that time and the courts appointed interim management to run the company, which proved unsuccessful. It wasn’t to be successful until 2004 when two of Paquin’s sons, Jon and Nick, took control of the laser cutting job shop. While periods of the last 13 years have been challenging, perseverance, hard work, and savvy equipment procurement have led to success. Laser Specialists has grown into a 24,000 ft2 (2229-m2) manufacturing center, equipped with a variety of laser cutting systems. Th...