LAI International, Inc, a manufacturing solutions provider to the aerospace, military, energy and medical industries, is expanding its location in the Southwest U.S. with the opening of the new 39,410-square-foot factory in Tempe, Arizona.
The new state-of-the-art factory will house a next generation engine program for the commercial aerospace industry. The program and factory will focus on machining, specifically Electrical Discharge Machining capabilities, as well as coordinate measuring machines.
The original Tempe location is the company’s headquarters and home to a world-class Additive Manufacturing and waterjet facility. According to company officials, the need for additional factory space stems from several long-term purchase orders and contracts with some of the aerospace industry’s top manufacturers.
“The efforts by our Associates to produce high quality, highly engineered products utilizing our business systems has given our Customers the confidence to reward LAI with this tremendous growth opportunity,” said Mike Koesling, LAI’s Vice President of Engineering.
“In addition to the cornerstone program that enabled this expansion, LAI will be expanding capabilities to support our Additive Manufacturing offerings. We will provide Customers better turnaround times to minimize their need to have extra inventory on the assembly lines. This is one of the key benefits that our Customers see with leveraging Additive Manufacturing technology, shrinking the time it takes to complete the complete value stream,” he added.
With the new Southwest expansion, LAI will have more than 260,000 square feet of manufacturing space across its nationwide locations, including Tempe, Arizona; Green Island, New York; Scarborough, Maine; and Westminster, Maryland. Manufacturing capabilities across the locations include Additive Manufacturing, Waterjet, Laser, EDM, CNC machining, Welding and Fabrication.