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Tacoma aerospace supplier to expand

Apr 4, 2017 - 02:27 PM
Tacoma aerospace supplier to expand

photo courtesy of Tool Gauge

These components of aircraft landing gear are machined at the Tacoma firm, Tool Gauge, which will be doubling its plant space over the coming two years.

Tool Gauge, a little-noticed supplier to Boeing and its parts chain located near South Tacoma Way, will be almost doubling its manufacturing plant, according to an announcement today.

The South Sound operation manufactures complex, high-value plastic and metal assemblies and needs to expand in order to keep up with its orders. 

Today’s announcement at a trade show in Hamburg, Germany, estimates the new investment from $5- to $7 million U.S. dollars and company officials expect to create from 50 to 100 additional jobs over the next five years.

Expansion on the current site (4315 S. Adams St.) and adjacent properties that have been purchased will grow up to approximately 94,000 sq. ft., from its current floor plant of 49,000 sq. ft. Groundbreaking is expected by the end of 2017, with the facility being operational by early 2019.

Included in the larger space will be additional injection molding equipment, larger secondary operations, in-house paint and media blasting, larger plastics machining capabilities, improved environmental features and larger administrative spaces.

“U.S. and overseas buyers choose our products not only because of our exceptional quality and impeccable delivery record, but also because we are one of only a handful of global suppliers certified by The Boeing Company for class 1 and class 2 plastics,” sayss Debbie Lee, CEO of Tool Gauge, which began in Tacoma in 1966.

“Tool Gauge has been playing a key part in our supply chain and providing us with high-quality aircraft parts for the past five years,” explains Tom Brosius, vice president and general manager of Orion Industries based in Auburn, which is a major supplier to Boeing’s commercial aircraft manufacturing in Renton and Everett.

You can take a video tour of the Tacoma plant at this link.


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