Asco Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary with the Expansion of Manufacturing Lines in Stillwater, Oklahoma

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The state of the art lean manufacturing facility currently manufactures wing and fuselage components of the 737, 777 and 787 Boeing airplanes and is further expanding operations.

"We celebrate our 60th anniversary by focusing on the future, with expansion plans and responding to customer demands” Christian Boas, CEO of the Asco Group

Two years have passed since Asco, world leader in design and manufacture of high lift mechanism devices, complex mechanical assemblies and major functional components for the aerospace industry, decided to acquire an industrial facility and transform it into an aerospace manufacturing facility in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Asco Aerospace USA: Fully Operational and Expanding

The facility of 715,000 ft² (66 000 m² ) is currently up and running. Asco Aerospace USA already manufactures several wing and fuselage components of the 737, 777 and 787 Boeing airplanes.

Production started in January 2014 and first deliveries were made in April this year. Since then, Asco Aerospace USA has already delivered 500 slat supports and 1700 flap carriages.

The factory currently employs 110 people and is still hiring. Positions include engineers, CNC machinists and operators, treatment operators, quality specialists, polishers and painters.

Asco Aerospace USA is designed as a state of the art lean manufacturing facility, with all processes integrated in house: machining, heat and surface treatment and assembly of complex machined parts out of titanium, steel and aluminum.

While the steel and aluminum lines are operational, Asco is now working on its titanium line.

The plant is already AS9100 certified and obtained approvals from Boeing and NADCAP. In the first quarter of 2015 treatments and painting will also be certified.

“We are very proud of our achievements, there have been challenges, but the results are rewarding; we celebrate our 60th anniversary by focusing on the future, with expansion plans and responding to customer demands,” said Christian Boas, CEO of the Asco Group.

Several current and potential clients are attracted by the fully integrated concept of Asco Aerospace USA. Negotiations are under way with customers to secure more contracts that will lead to even further expansion steps.

An Advantageous Local Environment

The evolution of the plant has been greatly achieved by Asco employees. “The people have worked fiercely during the last two years to make the industrial site become a modern, state of the art working place. It is very rewarding to witness all these changes,” stated Vicky Welvaert, HR Director of the Asco Group.

The location of the plant in Stillwater Oklahoma has proved convenient, with easy access to Asco’s customers in the continent, and with an attractive workforce and training possibilities. “We have good contacts with the Meridian Technology Center to provide customized trainings for Asco,” said Jean Pierre Gielen, plant manager Asco Aerospace USA.

On the other hand, the community has been able to benefit from having an aerospace company in the area. Currently, some industrial engineering students from the Oklahoma State University are examining the production flow and processes of steel aerospace parts for their final study projects.

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Department of Carreer and Technology Education, Oklahoma Workforce Development, Metafund, REI Oklahoma, US Bank, the City of Stillwater and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce have been very helpful and effective making this Asco location a possibility, declared Trudo Motmans, Chairman of the Asco Board of Directors.

Asco celebrates its 60th global anniversary with a fully equipped and operational manufacturing unit strengthening its position as a preferred supplier to its customers in the Americas, and celebrates its second year in Oklahoma with a satisfactory and enriching interaction with the Stillwater community.

About Asco
Asco, incorporated in 1954, is a proven technology specialist and supply chain integrator in design, development, precision machining, processing, and certified assembly of complex high strength metallic aircraft components.

Headquartered in Zaventem Belgium, Asco has four manufacturing plants in Belgium, the United States, Canada and Germany.

Today, the Asco Group employs 1,500 people. Its worldwide, 100% Aerospace customer base includes most aircraft manufacturers as well as many related Tier-1 and Tier-2 suppliers.

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