Northwest Aerospace News April | May Issue No.14 | Page 24

RURAL PAYETTE PERFECTION Teton Machining Solutions in Payette, Idaho serves the aerospace industry with high quality machined parts By: Jennifer Ferrero, APR, DTM J im Franklin, sales manager for Teton Machining Solutions in Payette, Idaho says there are those that prefer urban lifestyles and those that prefer rural lifestyles. The employees of Teton Machin- ing are those that prefer the latter, living in rural Payette, a town of about 7,000 north of Boise. The city tagline is “What home feels like.” The company was named after the Grand Tetons as the initial founder, Norm Meller from Ohio, loved to vacation in the Tetons and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The company was started in Jackson Hole, in Meller’s basement, to service customers in Utah. Later, the company moved to Payette after picking up recurring work with Hewlett Packard in Boise. They’ve been in business making machined parts since 1952. The company is employee-owned (Employee Stock Ownership or ESOP) which Franklin said offers two main things, “Better reten- tion and better customer care.” He said the employees are involved in the success or failure of the business and added, “You have to be engaged especially when you own stock in the company – if it’s decreasing it’s a real pain, if increasing a real pleasure.” Franklin came to the company in the nineties, left, and then came back 16 years ago. Andy Oyervides, president and CEO, has been at the company since leaving the Marine Corps as a young man. He started in an entry-level position and worked his way up to presi- dent. Franklin said that it isn’t uncommon for employees to learn the business and work their way up, due to being employee-owned and in a small town. 24 NORTHWEST AEROSPACE NEWS