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Concepts In Production, LLC

CIP is based in historical Amory, Mississippi.  In 1887, the KCM&B (later Frisco, now Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railroad laid out plans for their new Birmingham-to-Memphis line, they drew an "X" at the mid-point and created Amory.  Industries in the Amory area include aluminum and steel tubing, industrial valves, truck body manufacturing, timber, furniture, fertilizer, and boats.

CIP's name - Concepts In Production - defines the principles of our company.  We take your concepts and apply solutions to put them into production and reduce time to market.

With over 40 years experience in product, tool and machine design, CNC manufacturing, CAD/CAM administration and implementation and over 30 years experience in rapid prototyping, rapid tool technology and injection molding, CIP has established itself, as a much-needed asset to the growing industry.

We have chosen the leading 21st century engineering and manufacturing solutions that technology has to offer and combined them with our experience to introduce to the industry and educational institutions the best ways to reduce your time to market.  With these efforts our educational partners are implementing state of the art technology that will allow you to hire highly skilled persons ready to go to work without additional training.

We at CIP are dedicated to finding a solution to your problem.  Browse through our web site and see what we have to offer.  Whether it is with our consulting services or with our sales, service, and support in software, we are sure you will be pleased with what we have to offer.

We are committed to assisting our customers improve their business by delivering increased operational efficiencies, lower cost and/or increased marketing effectiveness.

CIP Business Model

Extensive plastics background, over 35 years, to include plastic part design, material selection, injection mold design and manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and rapid tooling technology

We go beyond selling software to offer the best in training and support to enhance the way our clients work.

We provide the highest quality support offered in the industry with certified application engineers and instructors.

Providing assured success with leading integrated solutions

We strive to build our partnerships with companies looking for continuous improvement in order to reduce time to market and increase their profit margin. Our success is based on our partnership’s success.

Our business model is focused on building life time relationships and partnership with our customers.

CIP Commitment To Customer Service

CIP is committed to providing the best customer service to all our customers. 

Our staff of Application Engineers are all Certified SolidWorks Experts (CSWE) and

continually strive to be certified in all products and solutions that CIP offers.


CIP's mission is to help the industry and educational institutions

implement turnkey design and manufacturing integrated solutions

to improve product and tool quality and to reduce time to market.


Our History


Concepts In Production, LLC (CIP) is owned by Tom Higgins, who has worked as a mechanical engineering professional and been in the CAD/ CAM industry from the near beginning of its existence.  He began his career with General Electric Medical Systems near Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1977.  He spent two years in product design with GE where he gained his first CAD experience with plastic design and manufacturing.

He then changed his career path and moved to the automotive industry. He spent the next 12 years with United Technologies Automotive Systems (UTA) where he became responsible for engineering and manufacturing CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM.

With the experience and expertise he brought to UTA, he was appointed to the UT C4 (CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM) task force. The C4 task force was a team of individuals chosen from various UT Corporate (UTC) divisions all over the United States, including Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney, and UTA. The task force was charged to develop standards and set forth a direction for UT divisions for engineering systems and executions. 

In the first fourteen years as an engineering professional, he gained extensive experience in plastic design, rapid prototyping, and injection molding. He attended classes at UCLA on rapid prototyping (RP) and rapid tooling technology (RT) in the early to mid '80's. He then began focusing on the RP & RT technologies to adopt processes in order to reduce time to market for plastics and metal product development. He was then solicited by General Motors to execute a GM facility north of Nashville, Tennessee. He spent six years implementing this plant, which included automated injection molding, automatic electronic component insertion for PCB's, CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM for plastic product development, rapid prototyping, injection mold design, and CNC mold & tool shop.

After six years with GM he made the decision to start his own business. His last day with GM was February 2, 1998 and Concepts In Production began business on February 3, 1998. The company began by providing consulting services for plastic design, rapid prototyping, and rapid tooling technology for GM, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, and their tier level vendors. He lectured at a number of Plastic and RP symposium and workshops in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan.