I do think that job shop work is getting really competitive, I have taken parts around to get quotes and they are lower than they were several years ago. Even though metal has gotten more expensive and labor has gone up machines have gotten faster. To compete you need the faster machines. I just got my last run of lazer cut parts from a shop that has a pallet system built into the building and a robot removes the parts. They were 40% less than my last place. They cut my parts the same day I picked them up the next morning. I used to waite 2 weeks, the new guys said this is standard practice. They have automated the whole thing so it is very effiecient.