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CA's Vortex Engineering is a key player in supply chain to defense companiesPosted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on May 25, 2018
This week CompanyWeek and CMTA bring you Vortex Engineering, a Santee based precision machining shop for defense (and commercial) customers like Northrop Grumman, General Atomics and Trandes.
The privately owned company has operated since 1972, prototyping and handling difficult jobs that no other company could handle. President Michael Bice, a 23-year veteran of the Navy, is looking to spark dynamic growth through a diversity of operatioons
Vortex's specialized capabilities allowed it to expand into its core segments. "We're broken up into three basic divisions," says Bice. "Vortex Engineering handles our commercial and engineering services, Vortex Testing does our non-destructive testing, and Vortex Fabrication handles the metal fabrication support. Vortex Testing is our newest offering that we started last year, so we're in the growth stages of that. It's probably about 10 percent of our business right now, and I expect it to grow to about 25 percent within a year."
It's companies like these that support a long supply chain to large manuafacturers in California but also create supply networks of their own. Raw materials come from a variety of sources, but the company tries to maintain a chain of local suppliers to provide fast, dependable delivery. One of these is steel that's sourced domestically, thus not affected by recent tariffs. The diversity of work and strategic budget planning makes for consistent cash flow through the normal business cycle, something Bice says he's very conscious about.
Here are a few opportunities and challenges before Vortex:
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