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Seth Penery assembles an MD 500 oil tank.


THERE’S POWER IN PEOPLE


Looking at all the technology and advanced machinery on the shop floor, it’s clear that Aerometals is not afraid to risk capital and invest in assets that will allow it to improve efficiency or expand its capability. Having said that, by all appearances, there’s no doubt that everyone in the management chain sees people as their greatest asset and key contributors to the company’s success. This was a common theme among all of the key managers we met.


Because manufacturing techniques always are evolving, investments in training people to stay on the leading edge of innovation is critical to the company’s bottom line.


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Executive Director of Ops Dave Postema told Rotorcraft Pro, “Doing such a wide variety of work creates a real challenge for us from a manufacturing standpoint. The way we overcome that challenge is through the strength, training, and experience of our teams.”


When asked about Aerometals’ people and its culture, Kamphefner explained, “This may sound counterintuitive, but I think one of our business advantages is


that I don’t have an MBA,” alluding to the point that it’s not just about dollars and data. “Instead, I run my business treating people the way I would want to be treated because I have a lot of respect for ordinary working men and women. Sure we look for good technicians, machinists, and engineers, but when you treat people like people, they appreciate it and we get positive feedback for it.” Aerometals has a large group of employees who have been there since the beginning, and nearly two-thirds have been there for 15 years or more. Given the amount of work Aerometals does to support the U.S. military, another interesting statistic


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