About Us

Ascent Aerospace is a world-renowned, single-source provider of production and automated assembly systems for the aerospace and defense industry. We produce a full suite of both mold and assembly tooling required for the aerospace manufacturing market, including the largest Invar molds ever made— making us the largest tooling group in the industry. We work with our customers to develop their project and see it through, from process engineering to build and installation, to ensure it is an efficient and cost-effective solution.

As a true, single-source integrator, we have proven tools to surpass our customer expectations. We have greater control of timing and schedules, which allows for 100% accountability, and avoids costly mark-ups, ultimately saving our customers money. The result: a group of businesses, each an industry leader within their own discipline, now acting as one truly integrated supply base.

At Ascent Aerospace...

We strive every day to achieve our mission, aspire to our vision and tailor our business practices around our core values.
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One Ascent

At Ascent, we drive manufacturing excellence for our customers that starts inside our organization. We have invested in a variety of tools to ensure effective project management in order to consistently deliver high-quality products and solutions, safely and on-time. We have structured our business to harmonize our teams, procedures and operations to provide global synergies and customer support as the largest consolidated capacity in the industry, while providing a simple, single point of contact through each stage of a project.

Locations

As the aerospace industry grows globally, we grow with it.

780,000FT2 11Locations

Macomb, MI 215,000ft2

Engineering Center of Excellence
Assembly and facility tooling
Automation Integration

Certifcate

16445 23 Mile Road
Macomb Township, MI 48042

T:1-586-726-0500

Plant

Hamburg, Germany

Turnkey assembly line integration
Project management, sales & service

Airbus Technology Park (ATP)
Eingang-A
Hein-Sass-Weg 36
21129 Hamburg, Germany

T:+49 173 4938 462

Office

Nagoya, Japan

Sales & Service

21F JP Tower Nagoya 1-1-1
Meieki Nakamura-ku Nagoya, 450-6321

Office

Broughton, UK

Sales & Service

Suite 2, Newgate House, Broughton Mills Rd
Broughton, Chester, CH4 0BY UK

T:+44 7 408 810 730

Office

Saint-Nazaire, France

Turnkey assembly line integration
Project management

Zone de Cadréan, Centre affaire ICARE, Bâtiment D 1er étage
44 550 Montoir de Bretagne, France

T:+33 5 82 88 21 10

Office

Toulouse, France

Turnkey assembly line integration
Project management

ISO9001

AS9100

Bâtiment Thales CS 20238
17, Avenue Didier Daurat
31705 Blagnac Cedex, France

T:+33 5 82 88 21 03

Office

Mexicali, Mexico 50,000ft2

Tooling fabrication

Avenida Valle de Calafia #22, Nave VIII
Parque Industrial Valle de Calafia
CP 21600, Mexicali, B.C., Mexico

Plant

Santa Ana, CA 191,000ft2

Facility, bond, composite and assembly tooling

Certifcate

1395 S. Lyon Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

T:1-949-455-0665

Plant

Lake Orion, MI 211,000ft2

Assembly, facility and mold tooling

Certifcate

3020 Indianwood Road
Lake Orion, MI 48362

T: 1-248-814-8800

Plant

Bothell, WA

Engineering Center of Excellence

Certifcate

21540 30th Drive, Suite 200
Bothell, WA 98021

T: 1-425-686-7191

Office

West Seneca, NY 86,000ft2

Automated drilling and fastening

Certifcate

100 Gemcor Drive
West Seneca, NY 14224

T: 1-716-674-9300

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Industries

Our solutions optimize manufacturing for anything that flies in the sky.

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Commercial

Our tooling and automation equipment have supported every major commercial aircraft program in the world.

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Defense

Major defense contractors rely on Ascent to provide cost-effective solutions to build their fixed wing and rotary aircraft.

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Space

Travel to outer space is the future, and space companies depend on us to ensure the latest technologies are being used to build their launch vehicles and rockets.

History

With over 80 years of aerospace industry experience, we can leverage our history to drive your manufacturing excellence.

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GEMCOR

Gemcor started making automated fastening systems in 1937, when founder, Thomas Speller Sr., invented the process to boost aircraft production during World War II.

Odyssey Industries

Odyssey Industries in Lake Orion, MI was established in 1984 and initially produced shipping crates and automotive tooling. Then began producing Aerospace tooling in 1989.

Coast Composites

Coast Composites is incorporated in California with an initial business focus on monolithic graphite molds for satellite reflectors. In 1990, expanded business into other types of tooling and materials, including steel and aluminum layup molds.

Global Tooling Systems

Established in 1995, Global Tooling Systems became a key supplier of aerospace assembly tools for the manufacturing of aerospace structures, located in Macomb, MI.

Brown Aerospace

In 2000, Brown Aerospace was founded in Michigan, and manufactured the first numeric, automated drilling end effector, the “Jet Builder”.

Aeronautic Activity

The aeronautic activity at AREVA was established in the early 2000s, to engineer and build assembly systems for the aerospace industry and adjacent markets.

Coast Composites, Odyssey Industries, and Global Tooling Systems,

American Industrial Partners acquires Coast Composites, Odyssey Industries, and Global Tooling Systems, forming AIP Aerospace, now Ascent Aerospace

Ascent Integration

Forms Ascent Integration – North America and Ascent Engineering

Brown Aerospace

Acquires automation specialist Brown Engineering, now Brown Aerospace

AREVA

Acquires Areva TA’s aerospace factory integration business, now Ascent Integration – Europe

GEMCOR

Acquires automated fastening inventors GEMCOR

Ascent Aerospace

Consolidates the heritage companies into a cohesive, single Ascent Aerospace

Mexicali

Opens Mexicali, Mexico facility in 2018

Awards

Over the years, Ascent has earned countless awards, being recognized as a top supplier for on-time delivery and high quality products and services.

Elite Supplier

2014 / 2016/ 2017

F - 35 Final assembly work stands

Program Supplier of the year

2017

Ch - 148 Cyclone assembly tooling

Supply Chain Best Performer

2017

Integration: A350, A380, Beluga XL, single-aisle family

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