Boeing supplier to open Mukilteo office

By Sara Bruestle | Jul 11, 2012

An aerospace supplier will soon be bringing more aerospace jobs to Mukilteo.

ASCO Design Center USA, Inc. of Belgium announced Monday that it has signed a lease for an engineering office in Mukilteo.

The subsidiary of ASCO Industries NV/SA is locating an office in Mukilteo to better serve customers of its high lift devices and mechanical assembly components for the aerospace industry.

“I’m very excited about that,” Mayor Joe Marine said. “I’m a big support of aerospace and the fact that we’ve got easily the largest concentration of aerospace manufacturing businesses in the world and certainly the county, we’re just happy Mukilteo is a big part of that.”

ASCO currently supplies structural devices for the Boeing 777, and is eager to do work for the 737 MAX, the updated version of the 737NG, said John Monroe, chief operating officer of Economic Alliance Snohomish County.

Its Mukilteo office will start with five employees with plans for expansion, according to the EASC. The office will be located in the Corbett Building on 13024 Beverly Park Rd., Suite 101.

“This new location provides ASCO an opportunity to grow and expand, while bringing more jobs to our region,” said Troy McClelland, chief executive officer of the alliance, in a statement. “It also is a continued demonstration of the regions ability to support the technical workforce needs of our aerospace industry.”

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) met with ASCO in early 2011 to provide an introduction to the community and define the benefits of locating in Snohomish County.

The EASC, along with city staff, later also assisted the company in navigating the real estate market. The alliance also supported lease negotiations.

EASC continues to work with ASCO on staffing needs, networking with other first and second tier aerospace suppliers, as well as ongoing support with the state aerospace incentives package.

“There could be some partnering up opportunities,” with other aerospace companies in Mukilteo,” Monroe said. “Joe (Marine) can help with networking opportunities.”

Mukilteo does what it can to support and promote local efforts to increase aeronautics education and manufacturing, Marine said, and the city will continue to work with the EASC in their shared goals.

“Even though it starts out with five jobs now, they’re engineering jobs, which are very good, high paying jobs,” Marine said. “That’s the type of jobs we want to see, is more aerospace.”

He also noted that $19 billion a year is generated through Paine Field compared to $11 billion through SeaTac.

“Paine Field is almost double of what SeaTac is doing,” Marine said. “We want to continue to see that grow.”

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