About the CPI Team

CPI is a premier cutting tool distributorship located in Aiken, South Carolina. We pride ourselves in offering top-quality metal-cutting tools and the capability to help engineer the correct product for your application.

Our team of sales engineers brings more than 150 combined years of conventional and CNC machining experience to our clients. We offer solutions to the most difficult machining problems, serving everyone from the smallest job shop to the largest manufacturers in the Southeast, including South Carolina, North Carolina, and north Georgia. 

Our History

CPI was founded in 2007 by Kenny Elmore, Charlie Heaton, and Ashley Heaton. Their goal was to build a full-line cutting tool distributorship with a sales team that could offer solutions and not simply sell tools from a catalog. This innovative approach has proven successful and has resulted in CPI developing new client relationships with both large and small manufacturers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and north Georgia.

Our Partners

Kenny Elmore

Kenny's more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing began in technical college, where he received a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Machining. After spending 10 years in manufacturing, Kenny spent 17 years in sales and distribution with a large tooling distributor in South Carolina, developing two new markets. His depth of experience covers everything from setting up and processing CNC jobs on the shop floor and managing supply chains to establishing a specialty tooling and consulting business. His experience enables him to provide real-world tooling solutions. 
Contact Kenny: kenny@cpitooling.com

Charles W. Heaton

Charlie is a more than 40-year veteran of the manufacturing industry. From running a lathe in his father's small, backyard shop at the age of 7 to CEO of Precision Machine Works in Aiken, South Carolina, Charlie has witnessed firsthand the evolution of tooling and equipment applications. With experience in more than 10 areas of manufacturing, Charles is well-versed in the needs of manufacturing facilities, both large and small. 
Contact Charlie: charlie@cpitooling.com

C. Ashley Heaton

Ashley attended The Citadel, where he graduated with a BS in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he returned to his family’s manufacturing facility, where he worked in assembly, production, and management. He has more than 15 years experience in the day-to-day operation of a small manufacturing facility.
Contact Ashley: aheaton@cpitooling.com

To learn more about CPI, our services, and our team, please contact us anytime.