“Blessed is the person whose hands can do what the mind creates.”

- Robert Loukus, Founder

When you needed a tough problem solved, when you needed it fast, in the middle of the night, when the larger shop’s doors were closed, you could always find The Last Chance. This was the street name of the modest machine shop in Northern Michigan where the Loukus family, through years of inspiration and perspiration, learned the fundamentals of engineering and problem solving that has fueled the expansion into the modern-day REL.

The Last Chance is a promise to the customer. It’s appreciating your unique challenges and opportunities. It’s building products that solve them. It’s awareness that time is never on your side. It’s a don’t quit work ethic. It’s understanding that the creativity, ingenuity, and hands-on skill needed to create unique solutions are independent from the number of hours in a day. 

REL the last chance

Your First Choice

For over 25 years, REL has been the OEM of choice for the manufacturing needs of multiple industries from small machine shops to bleeding edge aerospace project deployments. We engineer, research, test, patent, measure, develop, and create a wide variety of engineering solutions and products. Our work is safe, practical, cost efficient, environmentally friendly, and built to last. 

When you need a solution, when you need it now, when you need it to survive, we know that The Last Chance should be your First Choice.

REL: Revolutionary. Engineering. Learners.

Contact us today so we can listen, learn, and provide you a solution. 

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