Kelley Pate’s Journey started in 1985 in California. He graduated from Kern Valley High School and knew that he had a desire for machining. Since his love for machining was so great, he enrolled at NTMA and earned an apprenticeship in machining. After completion of his degree, he became a fully Certified Journeyman Machinist. He worked for a few companies before realizing his desire to open his own shop. To start, Kelley purchased his first machine. At this point, he didn’t even have his own shop and was running his business from his garage. As his skills honed and word spread of Kelley’s talents, he was able to open a stand-alone shop. From these small beginnings, the doors of Thayer Manufacturing opened in 1998 with his wife Melissa St. Gemme-Pate by his side, as the owner. In 2008, we were honored to be 1 of the top 10 machine shops in the country, by American Machinist Magazine. Now, with over 30 years of experience in Machining, Kelley and Melissa are proud of the business that they created.