November 5, 2018

Washington State grant helps AIM Aerospace soar in Sumner

AIM Aerospace moves, expands, and adds jobs

AIM Aerospace is ramping up its manufacturing operations in Sumner, and that means hundreds of new jobs in Pierce County. The advanced carbon fiber manufacturing company is in the process of transferring existing jobs to Sumner and revamping the site into a world-class aerospace manufacturing facility. A $125,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce was awarded to the EDB in September to help with expansion efforts and job creation.
The transition will consolidate several locations into one and will be completed early next year. With the expansion comes more innovation, including collaborative robots (or cobots) to assist employees with various tasks, such as heavy lifting and repetitive actions. That equates to business growth, reduced costs, and fewer employee health and safety risks.

Locally advantageous

“Expanding operations in Sumner brings a local advantage for the company, which already has a large workforce based in the South Sound region,” said Daniele Cagnatel, AIM Aerospace CEO. The company hopes to capitalize on attracting their workers already located in Sumner’s manufacturing hub. Hiring is underway.
Prior to the transition, around 334 employees were on staff at the company’s 100,000-square-foot location in Sumner. By 2023, AIM Aerospace plans to expand its entire workforce in Iowa, California and Washington by 30 percent. For the Sumner facility, that means an additional 200 to 300 employees down the road.

“We can’t say it enough. A good quality of life starts with a good job,” said EDB President and CEO Bruce Kendall. “AIM Aerospace’s commitment to invest in Pierce County means more great jobs for the residents of our county and the South Sound.”

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