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Votaw Precision Technologies / Annual sales: $24 million / Headquarters: Santa Fe Springs, Calif. / Employees: 120 Specialty: Tooling services / Scott Wallace, president: “Some parts that we [supply are] almost impossible to make.” Getting it Done Right votaw precision technologies has earned a reputation as a firm that does its work right the first time. by alan dorich There are not many firms that can say they have a hand in building complex machined components for today’s launch vehicles, but Votaw Precision Technologies can, President Scott Wallace says. “There’s almost zero room for error,” he says. “The skill level of anyone that touches [these parts] is extremely high,” he says. “I think that’s what separates Votaw from any other company. We have the ability to do incredibly precise components, using digital models provided by our customers.” The Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based Votaw provides machine and tooling services for the aerospace and launch vehicle industries. Founders Walt and Maxine Votaw originally started the company in April 1963, with a staff of three. Since then, Wallace says, Votaw has grown to employ a staff of 120 and operates from a 240,000-square-foot facility. “We do flight hardware, fabrication, precision machining which includes large turning, precision tooling and custom machining,” he says. Today, its clients include United Launch Alliance, Alliant Techsystems Inc., Boeing, UTCAS, Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Since 1982, we’ve been building significant in-flight hardware including the solid rocket boosters for the shuttle program,” he says, noting that two of Votaw’s employees are winners of NASA’s Silver Snoopy Award, which is presented by an astronaut for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. “Over the years we have built upon our success, which has led to more complex and larger flight components,” Wallace says. In addition, the company has built 160 WINTER 2012 votaw understands there is zero room for error when machining and tooling for the aerospace industry. rings and assemblies for the Titan IV and the Mars Rover, and has transitioned into the Atlas V launch system. “We provide most of the structural rings for the Atlas V rocket,” Wallace says. “We [also] provide some components that are used in space vehicles and the ground support equipment used to prepare the payloads at the launch sites. “We produce about 20 different components for Atlas V,” he states. “Recent launch increases have significantly increased our business.” Among the many awards it has been accorded for its work over the years, Votaw was recognized as the Small Business Contractor of the Year by the Marshall Space Center in 2008. “In 2010, we were named Northrop Grumman’s Tooling Supplier of the Year for work performed on the F35 program,” Wallace says. “Votaw was the recipient of United Launch Alliance’s 2010 Small Business Recognition Award.” Doing the Impossible Wallace joined Votaw 30 years ago as a program manager and has been President for the past 10 years. He notes that he is proud of the company’s work. “The parts that we [supply are] almost impossible to make and often have never been made before,” he says. “I’m proud of the people who dedicate their lives to turning an engineering

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012