Welcome Sam Jr!
ational Jet Company is the embodiment of the family owned business. The company was purchased in 1992 by Sam and Pam Griffith. Sam comes to work at the office every day. He handles most of the scheduling, equipment purchasing, personell , and accounting issues. He works the booth at nearly every trade show that we do and frequently travels with the sales team to meet customers.
Under Sam’s leadership , National Jet Company is not just a family business, it is a family friendly business. We celebrate employees’ personal milestones. We have cake on employees’ anniversaries and big birthdays, we celebrate the births of babies and we mourn with our co-workers on sad days. There is a quarterly pancake breakfast where bonus checks are passed out in good times. There is always a company Christmas party and frequently a company sponsored trip to amusement parks with entire families.
It is a typical family run business. And it’s a great place to work.
While Sam is in no hurry to retire, it is time to start preparing for the next generation to run this business. So National Jet Company is pleased to welcome Sam’s son, Sam Jr to National Jet Company.
Sam is a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has spent the last few years working for a firm in the Washington D.C. area and we are pleased to have him on board at National Jet Company. He will begin as a Special Projects Engineer, and over time, he hopes to work with each of the departments in the shop as well is in our front office. It is a lot to learn, but we have little doubt that he will learn the business very quickly.
For our staff and our customers, we believe that there is only upside to this transition. We will gain from Sam Jr’s state of the art skillset, while we continue to benefit from Sam Sr’s experience. Sam Sr. will still be here nearly every day and will work with his son to continue improving our processes and our capabilities. As we prepare the next generation of leaders in micro hole manufacturing, the future looks very bright for National Jet Company.
So welcome aboard Sam, we are very glad to have you.
Still More Equipment and Capabilites
014 remains very busy year for National Jet Company and we have continued to add equipment and capabilities at our fastest pace ever. We have just purchased and have begun to run another swiss lathe. We have continued to receive orders from new customers that require precise turned parts. Many of these parts require a small hole and the flow required through this hole is very critical. Of course, small holes have always been our specialty, but we are being recognized for our expertise in swiss turning by both new and established customers.
We also have even more inspection capability for these parts as we have added a new image dimension inspection machine as well. (We are clearly doing our part to help the economy.)Depending on the size of the part, we can provide detailed data on the parts that we make, including the micro hole.
This looks to be a record setting year for us in terms of adding new equipment!
We have offered swiss style turning for several years here at National Jet Company. We make a lot of different types of nozzles for several different industries. (Some of these industries include hot melt nozzles, printer nozzles, nozzles for 3D printers, and nozzles for aerospace just to name a few.) We have just added a new and smaller cnc precision lathe which will help us with jobs that don’t have quite the same volume as those that we would run on the swiss lathes. This lathe offers live tooling and will allow us to continue to provide the accuracy and precision that our customers have come to expect from National Jet Company.
This new machine is up and running and is already helping to reduce our lead time on turned parts.
Keep an eye on us as we have more equipment coming in within the next few weeks.