Expanding its TriMas Aerospace Platform for Further Growth
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 23, 2023– TriMas (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the operating net assets of Weldmac Manufacturing Company (“Weldmac”), a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance, complex metal fabricated components and assemblies for the aerospace, defense and space launch end markets. Upon closing, which is anticipated to occur in the coming months, Weldmac will become part of our TriMas Aerospace group and further advance the strategic growth of our integrated structural solutions product lines comprised of RSA Engineered Products and Martinic Engineering.
“We are excited to announce the agreement to add Weldmac to the TriMas family of businesses,” said Thomas Amato, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer. “This acquisition will add complementary, highly-engineered products and new manufacturing capabilities to TriMas Aerospace, expanding our offering and position in the aerospace, defense and space launch end markets. We expect Weldmac’s customers to benefit from TriMas Aerospace’s broader product offering, added innovation and manufacturing depth, while TriMas Aerospace’s customers will enjoy additional product offerings and capabilities provided by Weldmac.”
Located in El Cajon, California, Weldmac is a premier designer and manufacturer of highly-engineered components for a broad range of critical applications across the aerospace, defense, commercial power and space launch industries. Offering numerous AS9100D and National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) certified manufacturing services, Weldmac’s comprehensive processes include welding, stamping, punching, hydroforming, forging, laser cutting, custom tooling and machining, as well as advanced quality control inspections and complex assembly utilizing a variety of metals. Weldmac’s manufacturing complex is equipped with a wide variety of state-of-the-art lasers, metal forming and fabrication equipment. Weldmac currently operates as a private, family estate-owned company, and generated approximately $33 million in revenue in fiscal year 2022.
John Schaefer, President of TriMas Aerospace, commented, “We look forward to welcoming Weldmac’s current leadership team and dedicated employees to our progressively stronger portfolio of aerospace, defense and space businesses. The Weldmac acquisition represents a major step forward in advancing our strategic plans to expand our complex engineered solutions offerings in the space and defense markets, as well as adding to our already broad capabilities which include component and system design, custom tooling fabrication, welding, bending, forming, machining, mechanical assembly, metal surface coatings, and non-destructive testing.”
TriMas manufactures a diverse set of products primarily for the consumer products, aerospace and industrial markets through its TriMas Packaging, TriMas Aerospace and Specialty Products groups. Our approximately 3,500 dedicated employees in 13 countries provide customers with a wide range of innovative and quality product solutions through our market-leading businesses. Our TriMas family of businesses has strong brand names in the markets served, and operates under a common set of values and strategic priorities under the TriMas Business Model. TriMas is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “TRS,” and is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.trimascorp.com.
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Weldmac Manufacturing Company is featured in the current issue of Metal Forming Magazine!
Since its inception in 1968, Weldmac Manufacturing Company has taken the steps necessary to maintain success in the highly competitive aerospace industry. The 800-Ton triple-action press by Beckwood Press Co. represents Weldmac’s latest addition to expand its capabilities and distinguish itself from the competition.
This new Beckwood press compliments an existing Beckwood hydroform press that was added to Weldmac’s shop in early 2016. The addition of the new Beckwood press was in response to the need to produce larger sized parts. Beckwood engineered this press for both Weldmac’s existing part family and future larger parts. The 800-Ton triple-action Beckwood Press includes a PLC for running in semi-automatic mode which makes operation of the press much easier and allows for repeatable consistent parts. Weldmac has realized a 50% increase in capabilities but hopes to realize up to 70% increases due to the ease of use that programmability offers. The triple action press will machine form a variety of materials while reducing the risk of wrinkles or tears due to the ability to control material flow.
The 800-Ton triple-action Beckwood press will help Weldmac handle problematic complex assemblies for its clients both now and in the future.
You can read the full article on a PDF here: Metal Forming Magazine Oct 2018