HAMILTON — Janicki Industries will expand its manufacturing capacity with a new 90,000-square-foot building next to its current facility in Hamilton.
The expansion was prompted by an increase in requests for airplane parts, Marketing Director Steven Lynn said.
“This is really an evolution for us,” he said.
Currently, airplane part manufacturing makes up about 10 to 15 percent of what the company produces, Lynn said. The bulk of manufacturing has been focused on molds and other tools that companies can use to make airplane parts, windmill blades, boat hulls and other products.
The airplane parts Janicki manufactures are used on Boeing and Airbus planes, military jets and other aircraft, Lynn said.
The new building will include rooms for production, overhead cranes, office space, curing ovens and mills, among other features, he said.
With greater manufacturing capacity comes more jobs, Lynn said. He didn’t specify how many employees the company will be looking to hire, but he said it will be expanding its workforce.
The company has hired about 400 people this year, he said
“Advanced manufacturing is among the most significant overall contributors to Skagit’s GDP (gross domestic product), and also is a major source of family wage jobs that benefit our economy through direct and indirect spending,” CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County John Sternlicht said in an email. “This expansion increases Skagit County’s importance as a healthy manufacturing region, particularly for the aerospace industry, and will probably attract more in that sector.”
Construction for the new building began in May and is expected to be completed in May 2019.