We hope to bring in some new jobs but our main order of business right now is maintaining the jobs that we have, Piglia said. There s so much stuff that s been leaving the states and going to low cost countries we re fighting like heck just to keep what we have in Stow.
National Machine provides precision machining, assembly and program management services to various segments of the aerospace industry. The company has two facilities at its Stow site and the expansion project will allow them to consolidate welding in one and machining in the other.
National Machine also has facilities in Arizona, which opened in the mid 1980s. Much of the production there revolves around aircraft evacuation slides. Across both locations, its shop floor totals more than 175,000 square feet. The company has 340 employees including about 220 in Ohio.
While American jobs have moved overseas in recent years, Piglia and his partners also saw an opportunity with the expansion to bring some of that work back. We re getting a lot of inquiries from Europe, to be honest, he said. Everybody s complaining about the weak dollar but in our area everything is done in US dollars and the Europeans are getting beat up pretty good right now when they manufacture stuff over there and try and sell it in US dollars. So there s a big push to move a lot of stuff to the states.
Piglia s father started National Machine out of his basement in 1967 in Cuyahoga Falls. The company moved to Stow in 1972 and Piglia s father is still involved. Piglia s sister and brother are also partners in National Machine. They plan to keep the company privately held.
Airplane builds are strong, he said. We look pretty good for the next three to five years by what our crystal balls tell us.
For more information contact National Machine at 330-688-6494 or visit their Web site at www.nationalmachinecompany.com.