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In 1993, Grady bought a manual mill and lathe with $6,000 on his credit card and launched Reata Engineering & Machine Works, Inc. at night while working days at Gates Rubber Company. In February 1994 he left Gates and hired his first employee.
Reata Engineering & Machine Works is a contract design and manufacturing firm. Reata provides design engineering, prototypes, tooling, production machining, assembly, and testing. It serves various industries including aviation/aerospace, medical, semiconductor capital equipment, consumer goods, automotive, industrial, optics, lighting, fluid handling, and material handling to name a few. Reata also manufactures and distributes its own products to the plant maintenance industry.
Grady first got involved with NTMA through the local Rocky Mountain Tooling and Machining Association, where he was president in 2005 and 2006. He began serving on the NTMA Executive Team in 2008. Grady believes that the NTMA has contributed a great deal towards Reata’s success as a company while at the same time contributing to his personal development.
As NTMA’s Chairman, Grady will preside over the organization’s Board of Trustees, which consists of representatives from each of 45 local NTMA chapters. He also will head the NTMA Executive Team, which consists of three other elected members and the immediate past Chairman of the Board.
During his travels around the country as NTMA Chairman, Cope’s message will be “Marketing Manufacturing to America.”
Grady is currently a member of the University of Colorado–Denver Engineering Advisory Board, and has served on the University’s Alumni Board. In addition, Grady volunteers for the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of Metro Denver, where he has served on the selection committee for the Junior and Senior Youth of the Year.