September 8, 2022

Nose to tail: Pierce County manufacturers helps aerospace soar

Washington State is a world leader in aerospace and advanced manufacturing, and the South Sound continues to help propel the industry to new heights.

Here are the major players in Pierce County that help the aerospace industry soar:

  • The Boeing Company (Frederickson). The aerospace giant’s Frederickson manufacturing plant builds the tails for the 787 jets and the new 777X, and wing structures for its other airlines.
  • General Plastics Manufacturing Company (Tacoma). The Boeing-certified manufacturer produces rigid and flexible polyurethan foam.
  • GKN Aerospace (Sumner). The world’s leading multi-technology tier-1 aerospace supplier assembles and paints Boeing’s 737 Max winglets in its Sumner facility.
  • Globe Machine Manufacturing Co. (Tacoma). The premier supplier custom designs, builds and fully integrates equipment and systems for aerospace and other industries.
  • Sekisui Aerospace (Sumner). The global leader in design, testing and manufacturing for the aerospace industry is a contributor to the Boeing, Kawasaki and GE Aviation supply chains.
  • Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. (Frederickson). Toray is the leading producer of raw carbon fiber used in Boeing planes around the world.

An extensive network of key contributors

Beyond the heavy hitters, Pierce County’s extensive manufacturing network contributes to the Boeing supply chain and serves aerospace companies across the state:


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