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JEDCO INC.: Understanding Aerospace Requirements With Key Training

In West Michigan, an automotive manufacturing area, Jedco needs additional training to support a typical automotive employee’s transition into an aerospace employee, where they must work with tighter tolerances and specifications. This relationship with The Center-West has supported this transition for our employees.
-- Chris Sorenson, President

Jedco ( is a state-of-the-art supplier of highly engineered sheet metal fabrications for aircraft, gas turbine engine, defense and commercial aerospace applications. Jedco’s capabilities have consistently provided customers with high-quality products, helping them to form lasting relationships with customers. Located in Grand Rapids, Mich., Jedco’s campus includes three facilities totaling more than 120,000 square feet. Jedco currently employs 210.


Over the past five years, Jedco has grown significantly. Not only have they increased new sales, but they have added significantly more hires. With many of their seasoned workforce reaching retirement age, they needed to get their new hires trained effectively. Through relationships with Grand Rapids Community College, Jedco was introduced to the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – West (The Center-West).


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One type of key basic training needed for aerospace manufacturing is understanding Product Blueprints. Almost all new employees at Jedco need to complete this training. Through their relationship with The Center-West and Grand Rapids Community College, Jedco was able to train new employees on basic blueprint reading. Without this fundamental core tool to support their operations, Jedco would not be able to continue their current growth trajectory.


  • Cost Savings: $10,000
  • Jobs Created: 1
  • Jobs Retained: 12
  • New Investment in Workforce: $10,000