GE Aviation courts Montana suppliers
GE Aviation, one in the world’s biggest aerospace contractors, is looking for a couple of excellent firms in Montana.
Through a symposium Monday, representatives from dozens of Montana businesses had an chance to pitch their services and explain how they could be an excellent fit for the subsidiary of Common Electric.
In an arrangement that resembled speed dating, firms had to produce their situation during a 10-minute sales pitch.
SeaCast started out in Seattle in 1986 but has Montana roots. It’s an outgrowth of a household organization, Butte Hardsurfacing Co., founded by Charles Robins in the late 1940s. SeaCast opened a metal casting foundry in Butte not long ago. It is the only GE Aviation supplier with substantial operations inside Montana.
Mike Robins, president of SeaCast, stated the Billings occasion could lead to new opportunities for other Montana manufacturers.
All through an economic summit in Butte in 2007, GE Aviation officials to begin with started taking a appear at Montana. Susan Green, a sourcing leader for GE Aviation, said the organization is seeking to do business with corporations which have been financially stable, and capable of delivering solutions on time. They must offer outstanding good quality at competitive prices and has to be interested in a long-term enterprise relationship.
“We don’t want you to become a supplier this year and not do business enterprise with you up coming year,” Green said. “We’re going to visit you and assess you.”
During a panel discussion, representatives from SeaCast and two other manufacturing firms explained what it’s like to do small business with GE Aviation.
“GE Aviation is probably the greatest providers inside the planet,” stated Elizabeth Kepuraitis, president of Arizona-based F&B Manufacturing. “The reason is that GE Aviation has a consistently sound business enterprise model.”
Kepuraitis stated working with GE means always being on the lookout for ways to improve items and processes.
“You have to do things faster, better and cheaper while maintaining top quality,” she stated.
Diversity is another key to success. Kepuraitis stated F&B makes parts for a variety of aerospace companies.
Ty Ueland, small business development director of SeaCast, said the firm has a diversified customer base, providing parts used in the nuclear and oil and gas industry. “We have been aligning ourselves with the most capable industries,” including Nike, which uses SeaCast-built titanium parts on bobsleds, he mentioned.
Matt Kress, of GE Aviation said the firm has experienced a considerable rebound since the financial crisis of 2008.
“At the end on the day we are seeing unprecedented growth, which is the main reason we’re here today, to look for and strengthen our supply base,” Kress mentioned.