Grant aids expansion of Sumner aerospace facility

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The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced a $125,000 grant to the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County that will support capital investments by AIM Aerospace, a local advanced carbon fiber manufacturer.

The grant will assist expansion and job creation at AIM facilities in Pierce and King counties. AIM Aerospace has already begun to move its Auburn operations to Sumner, and work is underway to turn its Sumner and Renton locations into world-class aerospace manufacturing facilities. The company will expand its carbon fiber advanced manufacturing technologies for military, commercial aerospace, engines, secondary/primary structures and unmanned aerial vehicles.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create good-paying manufacturing jobs, especially in our South Sound region. Our state is home to so many innovative world-class companies and it’s exciting to be part of helping them expand and grow,” said Gov. Jay Inslee.

City of Sumner Mayor Bill Pugh said, “We appreciate the State of Washington’s investment in keeping good jobs available in communities like Sumner. We have over 14,000 people working in our Manufacturing Industrial Center, and whether they roast coffee or build airplanes, they are supporting their families and helping us invest in a strong future.”

AIM Aerospace expects to grow 10 percent year-over-year for the next four years, reaching an overall increase of 30 percent for its entire workforce by 2023.

“We believe that a good quality of life starts with a good job,” said Bruce Kendall, president and CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. “AIM Aerospace’s commitment to invest in Pierce County means more great jobs for the citizens of our county and the South Sound.”

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