When Edwards Interior Aerospace started taxiing down the runway for its maiden flight in 1998, few industry insiders could have predicted the company’s impressive ascent in the highly competitive corporate jet market category.
“We’ve been successful by giving our clients exactly what they want and when they want it or ahead of schedule,” said Brad Griffin, Director of New Business Development at the Georgia-based company. “Whether it’s cabinetry, upholstery work, sheet metal detail parts – or a multitude of components and subassemblies – we’re nimble and flexible enough to meet demanding specifications and very tight deadlines 100 percent of the time.”
Founded by Doug Edwards, a long-time and respected aerospace expert, the company has grown from just a handful of employees to over 200 in just 15 years. They have been successful by not only retaining long-term clients, but also by benefiting by the best form of advertising of all – word of mouth.
According to Brad, every square inch of a corporate jet must be accounted for precisely. “We’re building parts for 50 or 60 million dollar airplanes, and even though nothing we make is flight critical… the cabinets and storage areas we manufacture must meet exacting interior design specifications, while serving multiple functions.”
As you might expect, the woods used by Edwards are extremely pricey, including mahogany, bubinga, anagre, wenge, rosewood, ebony and other various exotic woods. “Needless to say, we can’t afford mistakes or excessive waste; that’s why we have come to rely on CNC technology and, in particular, CNC SmartShop machines from Laguna Tools.
Brad pointed out that CNC Machines from Laguna Tools not only make the most intricate cuts possible but are surprisingly cost-effective, too. “I’m not joking when I say we could have purchased five CNC units from Laguna Tools for what we spent on two from another company – and received better all-around performance and far superior customer support.”
He believes that Laguna Tools has been successful for the same reasons that Edwards Interior Aerospace has thrived – by being able to turn on a dime to support the customer. “We are able to quickly change directions and do so many things a large organization simply cannot do because of its size and multiple layers – and the same can be said for Laguna Tools,” Brad said.
“Everybody at Laguna Tools is extremely customer service driven – and more than that – they take the time to fully under-stand our business, which is invaluable.”
From high-end upholstery and assembly work to kitting, crating and packaging, Edwards Interior Aerospace, located in Rincon, Georgia, has reached an ideal cruising altitude. “We’re large enough to have become a one-stop shop for our clients, but not too large that we can’t turn loop-the-loops for our clients on a moment’s notice.”
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