Northwest Aerospace News April | May 2019 Issue No. 8 | Page 22

The Big, Bold & Beautiful Machinists Inc. Making Parts That Amaze By Patrick Sherman M achinists Inc. has helped explore Mars and built components for Space X and Blue Origin, even though the company itself was founded before the first man-made object ever left Earth’s atmosphere. In 1941, Ralph LaBossier established the company to overhaul and repair machine parts for heavy industry. Its first shop was on Michigan Street, across the Duwamish Waterway from Boeing Field, which had just completed construction of its first paved runway. Today, the company occupies seven separate buildings that encompass nearly a quarter- million square feet in the South Park Industrial complex, only about a mile from its original home. Employing more than 190 people, the company is still owned and operated by the LaBossier family. “Over that time, we’ve expanded the work that we do,” said Adam Grim, the company’s human resource director. “We still do repair work on big machines, but now we’re also a full-service job shop — taking our customer’s drawings and turning them into finished parts and tools — and we also offer design-build services. We have engineers on our staff who work with our clients to develop parts and tools that will meet their needs.” 22 NORTHWEST AEROSPACE NEWS