The Growing Aerospace Industry in Utah Isn’t Going Anywhere

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The Growing Aerospace Industry in Utah Isn’t Going Anywhere

With so many aerospace companies settling in the Salt Lake City area, it can be difficult for Utah-based surface treatment companies to keep up with demand. But the rapidly growing aerospace industry isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may have to wait longer and longer for plating and other surface treatment services from their local processing companies. 

As the largest special processing facility in Arizona, CRC Surface Technologies has plenty of capacity to assist our aerospace neighbors in Utah with our expert metal finishing solutions. Continue reading to learn more about how the growing aerospace industry is impacting Salt Lake City, and how CRC can meet your needs. 

Why Aerospace Companies Are Choosing Utah

Utah has been home to the aerospace industry since 1934, when the Hill Air Force Base was established north of Salt Lake City. Since then, it has become home to an abundant, highly educated workforce. Its desirable workforce and rich history in aerospace are just a couple of reasons why many major aerospace supply and manufacturing OEMs like Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Boeing, and L3Harris Technologies have set up operations in the area. 

As of 2020, the aerospace industry in Utah accounted for 31,390 employees across 944 establishments. But Utah’s aerospace technology boom shows no signs of stopping. For instance, in 2020, Northrop Grumman announced that they would be creating 3,000 jobs over the next 20 years. In 2021, Apogee Worx, LLC announced that they would be adding 100 new high-paying jobs in engineering, software, manufacturing, and more over the next eight years. 

Aluminum Anodizing: Where Utah Aerospace Companies Can Turn to

Although this explosive growth brings plenty of opportunities to the Salt Lake City area, it also places many of the area’s metal processing facilities at full capacity. However, there’s no need for aerospace companies based in Utah to wait around for service. 

CRC Surface Technologies in Phoenix is the largest special processing facility in Arizona. We provide a wide range of other high quality metal finishing services to aerospace OEMs in Utah and across the country. We understand the importance of effective surface treatments and quick turnaround times for maintaining high-performing aircraft. 

Understanding the Anodizing Process

One of the many important surface treatments we provide for aerospace and defense OEMs is aluminum anodizing. This electrochemical coating process deposits a thin aluminum oxide film on metal surfaces, creating a durable finish that’s resistant to corrosion and wear, and ideal for a variety of industry applications, including aerospace. We offer several types of anodizing solutions, including chromic anodize (type I), sulfuric anodize (type II), and hard anodize (type III). 

Sealing is the last step in the anodizing process—it gives the coating its high corrosion resistance, which helps create safe and reliable aircraft. We provide multiple sealing options to help meet the corrosion and wear-resistant requirements of the aerospace industry.

High Quality Metal Finishing Services in the Southwest

CRC Surface Technologies in Arizona is an ITAR-registered, NADCAP and AS9100-certified company that works with aerospace OEMs across the country. We’ve served BAE Systems, General Electric, Northrop Grumman, Spirit AeroSystems, and more. Whether your aerospace company is located in Utah, Arizona, or elsewhere in the southwest, CRC is your one-source metal finishing provider. Call 602-253-4175 today to speak with a representative about our services. 

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