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Aerospace Company of the Year Award: Tool Gauge | Tacoma, Washington

PNAA’s Aerospace Company of the Year Award is presented to the aerospace company located in the Pacific Northwest that has exhibited exceptional organizational and managerial characteristics while continually maintaining a strong competitive posture, thus raising the industry standard for the Pacific Northwest. PNAA’s Board of Directors awarded Tool Gauge the 2017 Company of the Year Award for its outstanding commitment to aerospace excellence.


Outside building LR“PNAA is pleased to award Tool Gauge its Company of the Year Award for their longevity and commitment to aerospace excellence,” said PNAA Chairman Ted Croft. “Since the 1960s, the company has amazed the industry with innovative solutions and forward-thinking approaches to manufacturing. They are trusted by global aerospace OEMs for their impeccable products, on-time delivery and continuous innovation. They are a highly valued partner to companies in the Pacific Northwest and around the globe.”

For over 50 years, Tool Gauge has helped aerospace OEMs and tier-one aircraft integrators optimize their supply chain. Operating out of state-of-the-art facilities located in Tacoma, Washington, the company manufactures complex, high-quality, value-driven metal and plastic parts and assemblies for the global aerospace industry. Tool Gauge is one of only a handful of Boeing-certified class I and II plastics shops in the world capable of machining full five-axis parts. The company’s continuous investment in the latest manufacturing technology and engineering solutions combined with its talented staff enables them to supply high-quality products made to very precise specifications at a competitive cost in record time.

Under the leadership of its CEO, Debbie Lee, Tool Gauge plans to nearly double its 49,000 sq ft factory floor to 94,000 sq ft by 2019. The new facility will enable them to expand their plastics press range, broaden their secondary operations, and house a vertical paint system leading to even shorter lead times, enhanced product quality, and better cost control all while bringing 50 to 100 additional aerospace jobs to the marketplace over the next five years.

Factory floor LRTool Gauge’s commitment to continual improvement has been recognized at home and around the globe. As key interiors suppliers on the 787, 737 and 777-X they have won eight consecutive Boeing Silver Performance Excellence Awards.

“As a satisfied customer and business associate, I have been engaged with and doing business with Tool Gauge over the last 10 years,” says PNAA Board Member, Tom Brosius. “I witnessed a notable change and growth in leadership that is now coming to fruition in the form of expansion and diversification. Here’s to Tool Gauge’s next 50 years!”


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