Northwest Aerospace News June | July Issue No. 15 | Page 30

A MISSION ABOVE Manufacturing Chinook Enterprises in Mount Vernon, Washington, provides both high-quality aerospace manufacturing and gives back to the community by transforming lives through employment partnerships. By Brian Canfield, PNAA CEO Aerospace manufacturing in the Northwest is rich in history and reputation, especially with the well-established companies which are local staples. Celebrating 40 years of service, Chinook Enterprises continues to innovate and find new ways to not only provide top-quality manufacturing, but also to be a pivotal player in their community and make an impact in the lives of people. Chinook continues to find ways to give back though both manufacturing and helping people with disabilities overcome the barriers to successful employment. Chinook started producing parts in aerospace seven years after they opened in 1980. Over the years, they have produced numerous airplane parts, including wiring, electrical assemblies, tubes and baffles, reusable packaging, textiles, and assembly tools. Most recently they have expanded into sheet metal routing, bending and forming. Chinook is part of a program at Boeing called Community Manufacturing Partnership, where Boeing has selected a number of non-profit companies having community-centered missions. 30 NORTHWEST AEROSPACE NEWS