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mills manufacturing

had to ensure that its training staff is
capable of handling the influx of new
production workers.
Oswald says the company also has
had to contend with changes in the way
the federal government enacts quality
verifications. The company's new processes for pre-approval and approval
of products take much more time than
in the past, he says, and Mills Manufacturing continues to work on adjusting
to the new processes.

Making Changes
Another change that Mills Manufacturing is adjusting to also is related
to military spending and could define
the company's future. In the past, Oswald explains, the company used to
have a small number of large, multi-

year assembly contracts for parachute
systems. In more recent years, however, the company has been receiving shorter, smaller contracts, but in
greater numbers. Although managing
a large number of small contracts creates more administrative work for the
company, Oswald says Mills Manufacturing is getting a handle on a new
way of doing business and sees benefits in having smaller contracts filling
its schedule. For example, he says, the
ending of one smaller contract doesn't
create as large of a gap in the company's schedule as the end of a larger one
would, making it easier for Mills Manufacturing to stay busy.
No matter what form its work takes
in the near future, Oswald explains
that Mills Manufacturing remains

South

dedicated to being a supplier that the
armed forces can put their trust in
time and time again. mt
Mills Manufacturing Since 1957, Orlando Spring has

been a dynamic leader in manufacturing highly engineered
and customized precision springs and wire forms. Our
commitment is always to provide 100% quality products
and services with on time delivery through lean and cost
effective processes. We have served the Aviation, Space,
Defense and Commercial industries for over 50 years.
Current Third party certifications for Orlando Spring
include ISO 9001:2008, EN/JISQ AS9100:Rev.C, NADCAP
process certification, Boeing and Lockheed Martin heat
treat certification and registration with DDTC for ITAR
compliance. In 2013 we began a relationship with Mills
Manufacturing, lending our support for their parachute
manufacturing operation. Orlando provides springs,
assemblies and hardware applications to Mills for their
final parachute assemblies. We provide our customers the
utmost attention to detail from the smallest, complicated
spring or wire form through the larger more complex
assemblies. Parachute Spring assemblies in particular are a
very critical application as they safely bring our warfighters
back to earth. We look forward to continuing to grow
with Mills as well as other companies in the aerospace and
defense markets.

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