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Global Machine Works
www.globalmachineworks.com / Revenue: $16 million / Specialty: Aerospace components /
Brent Barker, vice president: "Ownership is on-site and able to make key decisions rapidly."

The Arlington, Wash., location
supports commercial aircraft
manufacturers with its structural
components and assemblies.

Customer First

global machine works takes pride in high-quality
products and customer service. by bianca herron
Vice President Brent Barker and
President Brad Stuczynski founded
Global Machine Works (GMW) as a
small subcontract machining company. Nearly 20 years later, the privately
owned enterprise has grown to become one of the leading aerospace machining companies in its area.
GMW provides a variety of services,
including CNC milling, turning and
assemblies, out of its 55,000-squarefoot facility with 25 machine centers
in Arlington, Wash. The location supports several global commercial aircraft manufacturers with its structural components and assemblies.
"We grew the shop from 10,000
square feet and five used CNCs, and
purchased a brand-new CNC vertical
mill within the first year," Vice President Barker recalls. "Over a 10-year
period we added more machines.
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"However, we really started to gain
some traction when we bought our
first cell system, two Makino A81s
with a 24-pallet MFS in 2008. Additionally, we had some customers at
the time who were over capacity with
like equipment. This was our opportunity to provide more larger and complex parts. It was a major step in the
right direction."

Growth Through Tech
Barker adds that he and his partner
quickly saw the value in cell systems,
which have been a key attribute in
GMW's growth. "We believe that we
rival our competition when it comes to
technology, and we continue to invest
very heavily back into the company,"
he says. "We've acquired millions of
dollars' worth of cell system technology. We also utilize a state-of-the-art in-

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ventory control system manufactured
by Kardex that stores the finished
goods and assembly standards."
Technology plays a critical role in
the company's operations to not only
ensure on-time deliveries, but to also
streamline processes. "We've invested in everything from advanced coordinate measuring machines to multiple cell systems," Barker says. "In 2012
we acquired three Makino a61nx's
with a 48-pallet MFS, and in 2014 we
purchased three five-axis Grob G550s
with a 32-pallet MFS. Our company
has 100 employees who operate in
55,000 square feet of manufacturing
space, so we have a lot of high-tech
new equipment.
"In 2015 we added 14,000 square
feet onto our newest 10,000-squarefoot building we acquired in 2012,"
he adds. "This allowed us to expand
our growing assembly department.
Late last year, we acquired a Makino Mag 1, which is now the largest
machine in our factory and has a full
five-axis capability. We intend to
eventually install three more of them
with an MFS to create a cell system in
the new building."
With its AS 9100 certification,
GMW supplies products and services
directly to aerospace OEMs and Tier
1 companies. "From initial accreditation through countless third-party
audits, it makes it evident that our
quality system is very robust," Barker
explains. "You simply can't be a supplier of complex machined parts and
assemblies to any OEM or major aerospace company without it.
"As a privately owned and operated
company, ownership is on-site and
able to make key decisions rapidly
- like the purchase of capital equipment, or making personnel and manufacturing decisions without delay,"
Barker adds. "Brad and I are on the


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