Fifteen years ago, Aerospace Technologies Group, Inc. commenced operations, with an innovative, visionary approach to the business jet aircraft window shade market. Realizing a need to incorporate technological advancements into this segment, ATG trail blazed a path with a cutting edge, highly reliable product, leading aircraft manufacturers to begin offering powered window shades as standard equipment.
The early days saw the company with just three employees, operating out of a small R&D shop in West Palm Beach, Fla. Success in developing a fully functional prototype led to ATG’s first award of a major corporate jet OEM contract in 2001. This award led ATG to establish a manufacturing partnership with Patrick Aircraft Group in Georgetown, Del., who set up ATG’s first assembly facility. As demand for the product accelerated and the business quickly expanded, it became obvious that a larger, unified location was required. So, in late 2002, ATG combined its corporate offices, research and development facility, and its engineering and assembly operations in a 17,500-square-foot facility in an industrial park in Boynton Beach, Fla. Continued rapid growth soon dictated further expansion into adjacent buildings and by 2006, ATG occupied nearly 25,000 square feet within the park.
During this early period, ATG set about developing a new marketplace: the commercial aircraft market. This was green field territory, and ATG quickly discovered airline interest was strong, particularly for first and business class applications. The high level of interest and support of Emirates Airline ultimately led ATG to become the world’s first supplier of OEM factory installed electro-mechanical window shade systems to both Boeing (B777) and Airbus (A330/340 and A380). These awards, along with additional corporate OEM contracts, quickly transformed the company into a global market leader in this segment.
By 2011, ATG had again outgrown its facilities. The company then acquired, customized, and relocated into its own building in the Florida Atlantic University Research and Development Park in Boca Raton, Fla. For the first time ATG was able to combine all operations under one roof. Employees named their new high-tech facility "Autry House," saluting ATG principal shareholder Mrs. Jackie Autry (wife of the late Gene Autry) who supported the company's climb to 136 employees and more than $26 million in sales.
The newly renovated building reflects the company's ongoing commitment to quality. ATG operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and conference center with over 64,000 square feet of space. The company has received both ISO9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev C Quality Management System approvals, and further is an FAA Approved manufacturing operation with Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA). ATG has also received multiple OEM aircraft manufacturer approvals as a Tier One supplier.
The Boca Raton facility includes a Research and Development Lab with rapid prototyping capabilities; three separate, dedicated production lines; Paint Department; a Fabrication shop equipped with 5-axis and 3-axis computer numerically controlled (CNC) routers; an advanced Composite Shop with clean room facilities; a dedicated Upholstery facility; a secure Inventory Department; a dedicated Quality Assurance facility; and a Shipping and Receiving Department.
ATG built its brand on the principles of innovation, quality, hard work and integrity. Today, the company strives to reinforce these principles by hiring, training and retaining the best talent, while simultaneously investing in new technologies along with advanced manufacturing and R&D equipment.
“We’ve come a very long way in 15 years. As the industry evolves, we’ve stuck with the core principles of engaging in continuous improvement, while embracing and developing new technologies. We look forward to being in the forefront for the next 15 years, as we enhance the passenger experience by introducing the latest advances in innovation and design,” said Simon Kay, President and CEO of ATG.