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what it is. What are the values that really join us as one company? What are
the traits of how we lead?"
AIM Aerospace prides itself on ethically leading its people and the industry through integrity, business intelligence and engagement. "If you can
get 1,200 people engaged to build the
future of the company, that's a fundamental advantage," Cagnatel notes.
"We are breaking down management
to create a company where everyone
feels part of AIM Aerospace. We are
creating that buzz and momentum all
the way down to the shop floor."
It has been a journey to create a
new culture, but Cagnatel says he has
done so by leading from the front and
showing them the way. "We are creating a strategy of how we are changing the company," he adds. "From
the investors down to the shop floor
employee, we are building a new AIM
Aerospace which includes everyone
in the company."

partner with our customers on joint
development and innovation projects.
We want to expand our work with our
customers on an individual basis to
develop innovative and cost-effective
solutions that are based on cutting
edge technologies and industry leading engineering expertise," explained
Cagnatel. "Our R&T Center is the diamond tip of our company and will lead
our way to exciting new manufacturing
technologies and intelligent automation in our 4 Centers of Excellence."
AIM Aerospace's state-of-the-art
automated facility in Orange City,
IA, is doing it all right, but located
in a town of a little more than 6,100
people makes it challenging to grow
because there is a limited skilled
workforce to tap into. "In the state of
Washington, however, we have more
than 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and thousands of
aerospace professionals. Our strategy
became straightforward; revamp our
facilities in Washington and create

the path to further grow our technology and automation plays. We are going
to invest in these facilities and expand
into carbon fiber advanced manufacturing technologies."
AIM Aerospace will seek new business in the composite jet engine, primary structure and space component
markets. "A few years ago, only six percent of a jet engine involved composites - that's since surged to an unprecedented 43 percent," Cagnatel says.
"We just started and spent the last few
months laying out this plan. We spoke
with our customers and executed a
large-scale market analysis and performed our own due diligence."
Because AIM Aerospace has duplicate assets in Washington, the company plans to consolidate its Auburn
site into Sumner, and revamp Renton
and Sumner into a world-class aerospace manufacturing company. The
physical transformation of the site
will be completed by the end of this
year. "Now, on one side we will be

Developing a Strategy
AIM Aerospace decided to leverage
what Quatro brings to the company
and increase it. "Carbon fiber manufacturing is a commodity and over
time it will be under attack by competitors, and common known hand
laid up parts will be replaced by automation and intelligent engineering,"
Cagnatel says. "AIM Aerospace in Orange City, Iowa, is a gem of the Midwest. It's a clean, crisp Midwest town
with a high-tech facility that is manufacturing aerospace and defense parts
for Tier 1 suppliers. We also have a Research and Technology Center that is
based in Poway, CA."
AIM Aerospace will leverage the
Research and Technology Center in
California to feed new technologies
and intelligent automation throughout their other facilities. "We already

aim aerospace leads its people and
the industry with integrity, business
intelligence and engagement.
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