Ascent Aerospace expands integration facility in Michigan

The new site will support an expanding team and will allow co-location of the program management, systems engineering, aftermarket support and global supply chain resources.

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Ascent Aerospace has added 42,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space to its Macomb Township, MI facility, which will be the U.S. base of operations for Ascent’s integration business, dedicated to designing and managing the production of turnkey assembly lines for aerostructures.

In 2014, AIP Aerospace (AIPA, Santa Ana, CA, US) announced the creation of Ascent Aerospace, a wholly owned unit of AIPA. Since then, Ascent Integration has enjoyed rapid growth, capturing more than $20 million in new contracts.

Manufacturing space will be shared with an adjacent Ascent facility, global tooling systems, for a combined 200,000 square feet. A 40,000-square-foot high bay space will be dedicated to support the manufacture and test of large automated assembly lines. Ascent will continue to utilize the remaining manufacturing space for production of assembly fixtures, trim and drill fixtures, and work platforms.

“All of our businesses work in close cooperation to engineer the structures, automation and assembly lines utilized by today’s leading aerospace manufacturers. We see significant growth in every part of the business, and the new facility makes way for our combined potential,” said Ray Kauffmann, vice president of Ascent integration for its U.S. operations.