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West

Global Machine Works

gmw has seen steady and
significant growth over
the past six years.

shop floor daily and our team loves
that personal interaction as much as
we do."

Key Advantages
GMW has seen steady and significant
growth over the past six years, Barker
says. This has been aided by the hiring
GROB Systems A family-owned company, GROB

Systems is among the world's largest machine tool
builders, offering a full range of production and
universal machining centers and automation systems.
GROB's unique retractable spindle is noteworthy
because it allows even very long tools with zero chance
of collision between the spindle and part or fixture.
This also means a much smaller footprint than other
brands, without reducing workpiece capacity or
clearance. Part accessibility and chip evacuation are
enhanced by pairing a horizontal spindle with a 360-degree table capable of 225 degrees of rotation in the A
axis. The table and part can be completely inverted
for up-side-down machining. Chips just fall away from
deep cavities. Users choose from popular CNC control
platforms - Siemens, Heidenhain or Fanuc. All spare
parts are stocked at the 400,000-square-foot Ohio
facility; and if field support is needed, machines are
serviced by the same specialists who build them.

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of key management personnel. "We
have been able to attract a great group
of experienced aerospace managers
to assist us in driving growth and improvement in all areas," he says. "A
common thread among these individuals has been the desire to work for a
privately held company again. Large
corporations and investment groups
have purchased countless competitors and almost every customer we've
done business with over the years. We
strive to have a different kind of business culture here.
"This started nearly 15 years ago
when, I think, people on Wall Street
and investment groups started to see
that aerospace was really booming,"
Barker continues. "Those ownership changes worked out well for our
company as we welcomed some really
great individuals, including our qual-

ity assurance, materials and project
managers. They are all top-notch people. I truly believe we have one of the
best aerospace management groups
in Washington state."
GMW's managers are "very experienced," Barker notes, and they don't
require training. "They have a wealth
of knowledge that translates down to
those who work under them," he says.
"Our operators and assembly workers take internal training courses,
and we're a registered training agent
for an accredited apprenticeship program. We also give tours regularly to
the local high school and community colleges that offer manufacturing
classes. They bring students in to
learn about the manufacturing industry and see actual examples of what
they're being taught."
The company also works closely


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