Tool Gauge plans to double facility size


Tool Gauge, a manufacturer of plastic and metal assemblies for aerospace OEMs, announced today the future expansion of its manufacturing facility located in Tacoma, Washington, USA. The site, which will be developed on current and newly purchased property, will nearly double in size from 49,000 square feet to approximately 94,000 square feet. Groundbreaking is expected by the end of 2017, with the facility being operational in early 2019. This represents a total estimated investment of US$5-7 million, according to company officials.

The facility will house additional injection molding equipment, expanded secondary operations, in-house paint and media blasting, expanded plastics machining capabilities, expanded administrative offices, and improved environmental features.

“We selected Tool Gauge as our supplier of cabin interior injection molded parts in 2016 because they could meet our precise visual requirements with regard to painted assemblies,” stated Stefan Berg, strategic buyer for plastics and base materials at Diehl Aircabin. “This major investment in manufacturing expansion and technology is great news for customers like us who have extremely high quality standards in terms of integrated supply chain.”

“US 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,” added Debbie Lee, CEO of Tool Gauge. “This future manufacturing facility embodies our relentless pursuit of technology innovation and will lead to the creation of 50 to 100 jobs over the next five years.”

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