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On Friday, June 6th, the Torrington Historic Preservation Trust and the Torrington Historical Society will co-sponsor a viewing of the documentary, Pursuit of Precision: The Story of the Hendey Machine Company. The event will be held at the Coe Memorial Park Civic Center, Torrington, CT and will begin at 7 p.m. It will be free to the public. The film will be followed by a discussion with John Long, filmmaker, Ed Cook of the Torrington Historic Preservation Trust, and Mark McEachern of the Torrington Historical Society. "Pursuit of Precision" is an award-winning documentary which tells the story of the Hendey Machine Company, a longtime maker of lathes, shapers, and milling machines. The film uses historical photographs and interviews to provide a greater understanding of the significance of The Hendey Machine Company in American history and the company's impact on its employees and the community. The film was broadcast on CPTV in 2004 and also won a 2004 Golden Aurora Award for historical documentary. Hendey was started in 1870 and quickly became a technological innovator in their field. By the late 19th century, their achievements made them a leader in the machine tool industry and their products were sold throughout the world. Though the firm has been closed for 60 years, Hendey machine tools are still in use today. The Hendey Machine Company factory includes several historic buildings and is one of the largest and most intact historic industrial sites in Torrington. Currently, one of the largest Hendey buildings is threatenedwith demolition by a proposal to build a transit district bus garage and office. "Pursuit of Precision" was co-produced by the Torrington Historical Society and John Long. Long, of Torrington-based Zeeland Productions wrote and directed the film. DVD copies of the 50 minute documentary film will be available for sale the night of the program.