John Goode, President & CEO
What does it mean to be precise? To be so that products raise the standards for the instruments they support. The inquisitive among us have noticed that when we board a plane—be it commercial, general or business aviation, or a military flight— that there a vast number of gauges, measures and dials on the instrument panel, in the flight control center where the pilot flies the plane. The majority of these instruments are held in place by instrument mounts, or clamps or avionics mounts, which act as the crucial link between the flying machine and instruments that relay its operational information. MSP Aviation makes the majority of the mounts that are used on most of the aircraft that are flying today. With a modest set of clientele, which includes NASA and Air Force One, the company delivers precision solutions for instrument integration on leading avionics platforms, and also make product used on drones. MSP Aviation has since expanded its capabilities to now include custom instrument housings and cases that are used by instrument manufacturers like Ametek and Honeywell. With it, the instrumentation may be placed inside airtight braised aluminum, with brass affixed to glass that are seamless cases, designed to just about any dimension that their customers might require.
With a history spanning over 75 years, MSP Aviation was acquired in 2002 by John Goode, who today, serves as its President and CEO. MSP Aviation has since increased its sales by 1,000 percent in its first 13 years and has had double-digit growth for the last three. The company today is a preferred supplier to Boeing and many other premier aerospace and defense customers, and over the years, acquired 4 product lines from Curtiss Wright, which include clamps, switch guards, ducts and latches.
Tight tolerances and premier surface finishes are a daily requirement for MSP Aviation
MSP Aviation also manufactures a proprietary air duct or air cooling system that is housed between the pilot and co-pilot in the aisle. The system is attached to the air supply, which cools the avionics that are used in the flight control centers, running air to their cooling ducts, which in turn cool the avionics. They also make bezels, latches, catches, and other precision machine components, which are designed and fabricated to their customers’ specifications. The company also serves several military contracts, primarily in products for their small arms program, defensive measures, electronic warfare and other machining components. At MSP “We have a passion for perfection leading us to be World Class at every step,” adds Goode.
Their success boils down to a principle, “Tight tolerances and premier surface finishes are a daily requirement for MSP Aviation,” states Goode, which makes sense considering the standard of precision at which they operate. He goes on to elaborate on an instance of this, “We met with a large instrument manufacturer, in a Fortune 500 company who asked if we would be able to supply them some products.” The client had provided MSP Aviation with some drawings and asked if the company would be willing to invest in some of their inventory so they could take on more of their production. MSP agreed, and slowly but truly, they kept giving the solution provider more products, enabling them to transfer most of the their production to MSP. The two have maintained the relationship for over 16 years.
MSP will continue to grow by investing in people and equipment while increasing their capabilities. The company will partner with manufacturers such as Tru-Form Plastics to provide premier, full-service, and custom thermoformed products. This backed by the partner’s 100 years of experience in designing, producing, assembling and distributing to the aerospace, defense, medical, automotive and consumer markets, makes for quite the electrifying duo.
The future looks bright for MSP Aviation.