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2017 I-90 Corridor

I-90 Corridor Aerospace Expo

Spring Conference

May 30 – June 1, 2017

If you are thinking about attending this show, the IDA urges you to  register today!

There are only three weeks left to register for what is shaping up to be an excellent aerospace show in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Last spring this event attracted 200 attendees, 33 exhibitors and multiple aerospace buyer representatives. This year promises to be even bigger and better with more representatives from aerospace manufacturers across the region and an expanded expo of vendors and service providers that support the industry. The event will present many opportunities for expanding business-to-business relationships and raise the visibility of the aerospace manufacturing capabilities of our region.

There are already over 20 new exhibitors this year!

Stick around after the Expo for some world class golf, lake cruises or maybe a float plane ride.

Register at:


Taiwan Delegation Visits IDA Member Titan Spring, Inc.

A delegation from Taiwan visited Titan Spring, Inc. on Tuesday June 14 to explore a possible business relationship between Titan Spring and companies in Taiwan.

Pictured above  are from left to right are Gary Teng,  HHO Automation Co., Ltd, Michael Chen, Vision Wide Tech Co., Ltd.

Doris Tseng, Taiwan-USA Industrial Cooperation Promotions Office, Ministry of Economic Affairs,

Jim Glenn Titan Spring President,

Peter Wu, Society for the advancement of Material and Process Engineering,

Brian Acari V.P. CNC Systems, Tustin California,

Kevin Glenn Titan Spring Director of Business Development,

Alb Wang, Committee for Precision Machinery Industry Development Ministry of Economic Affairs.   

I-90 Aerospace Corridor Expo- in Just 12 days

If you are thinking about attending this show, the IDA urges you to not wait any longer to purchase your tickets as the show is over 70% sold out for attendance and 100% sold out (with an additional waiting list) of its exhibitor space.

There is less than two weeks left to register for what is shaping up to be an excellent aerospace show in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dozens of exhibitors and a 60% increase in the number of speakers, including Boeing, BMW Innovation and a host of others.

Stick around after the Expo for some world class golf, lake cruises or maybe a float plane ride.

To register follow this link

Career Opportunity at Aerocet

Aerocet Aerospace Manufacturing (a division of Aerocet, Inc.) is looking for a

Western Regional Senior Sales Manager-Contract Manufacturing (Salary-Exempt)

Since 1986 Aerocet has been a world leading original equipment manufacturer of aerospace products. Our contract manufacturing division is a key consultant and Tier One supplier to various top level aerospace companies. Aerocet currently employs a highly effective and dedicated group of people involved in Research & Development, engineering, machining, information technology, administration, quality assurance and composite production. Aerocet personnel have been recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to the aerospace industry by the Bird Aviation and Invention Museum, the Experimental Aircraft Association and NASA, to name a few. We offer a family friendly, flexible and fair work culture.
Job Responsibilities:
Builds aerospace contract manufacturing business by identifying and selling prospects; maintaining relationships with clients.

Job Duties:
• Identifies business opportunities by identifying prospects and evaluating their position in the industry; researching and analyzing sales options.
• Sells products and services by establishing contact and developing relationships with prospects; recommending solutions.
• Meets, or exceeds company, sales goals and objectives for assigned territory.
• Maintains relationships with clients by providing support, information, and guidance; researching and recommending new opportunities; recommending profit and service improvements.
• Identifies product/service improvements or new products/services by remaining current on industry trends, market activities, and competitors.
• Prepares reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information as requested.
• Maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards.
• Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies.
• Enhances staff accomplishments and competence by planning delivery of solutions; answering technical and procedural questions for less experienced team members; teaching improved processes; mentoring team members.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results and goals as needed.
Executive Skills and Qualifications:
Presentation Skills, Client Relationships, Emphasizing Excellence, Energy Level, Negotiation, Prospecting Skills, Meeting Sales Goals, Creativity, Sales Planning, Independence, Motivation for Sales
Together with your three to five years of sales management experience in an aerospace manufacturing-related field, the Western Region Sales Manager should hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Aerocet, Inc. offers a comprehensive total compensation package including salary, commission, bonuses, a competitive benefits package of health and dental, and a Simple IRA retirement savings plan with contribution matching. In addition, we provide opportunities for professional competence development and training, as well as opportunities for career advancement.
How to apply
For immediate consideration, please submit resumes to with the subject Human Resources – Western Region Sales Manager position, JO#11816-1.
Location: Priest River, Idaho or Home Office depending on location (PNW preferred)

IDA takes part in signing aerospace MOU document with Taiwan

Pictured Left to Right: Honorable Lt. Gov.- Brad Little, Secretary of Commerce-Jeff Sayer, Director General-Taiwan Industrial Development Bureau-Dr. Ming-Ji Wu, Idaho Aerospace Alliance President – Garry Hojan

COEUR D’ALENE, ID, July 29, 2015: The Idaho Aerospace Alliance took part in the signing of an agreement between the Idaho Department of Commerce and the Taiwan Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) which amended the existing agreement to include aerospace.

The Idaho Department of Commerce invited the Idaho Aerospace Alliance to take part in the signing of the MOU as part of the 2015 Taiwan-USA Industrial Cooperation Mission.

The aim of the MOU is to expand the areas for bilateral industrial cooperation into green energy, semiconductor, aerospace, and commercialization of innovations.

The MOU was signed at the state Capitol Building in Boise, Idaho on July 20th by The Idaho State Secretary of Commerce Mr. Jeff Sayer and the General Director Dr. Mign-Jih Wu of the Taiwan Industrial Development Bureau (IDB)

The document was formally witnessed and signed by the honorable Lieutenant Governor of Idaho Brad Little and Idaho Aerospace Alliance President Garry Hojan.

The MOU opens a new chapter that features “the governments building a bridge for industrial clusters from both sides to interact and exchange, thus speeding up multidimensional cooperation.”

It is estimated that the MOU will realize USD$2 billion in new investment and other potential benefits.

The Idaho Aerospace Alliance (IDA) is a collaborative effort fostering awareness and collaboration within this valuable Idaho growth sector. The Alliance has members throughout Idaho, as well as members from Washington and Montana.

North Idaho College Receives FAA Approval on Aviation Maintenance Tech Program

NIC’s Aviation Maintenance Tech program, a return flight

Story by Tom Greene, NIC Communications Coordinator

To do its part in World War II, North Idaho College (then called North Idaho Junior College) trained hundreds of students as pilots and aircraft mechanics. After the war, when the need for aviation-related workers dwindled, so did the Aviation Mechanic classes, which gave way to automotive mechanic classes in the 1950s.

The NIJC Aviation Mechanics quarters circa 1947-48.
The NIJC Aviation Mechanics quarters circa 1947-48.

That need is back.

“With the upcoming certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, we’re opening – or, really, re-opening – Aviation Maintenance Technician training at NIC,” said Pat O’Halloran, NIC Aerospace director. “We’ve come full circle.”

airfram technician performs work
NIC Lab Technician Mike McGinnis performs maintenance on an aircraft at the NIC Aerospace Center for Excellence. The center is in the process of being certified by the FAA to be an Aviation Maintenance Technician school.

Students who commit to a 12-month training program through the NIC Aerospace Center can start Aug. 24 and become eligible to sit for the required FAA Airframe Mechanic exams by August 2016. O’Halloran said the program certification is the result of collaborating with the FAA for more than 18 months.

“This project came about because of industry demand. The Idaho Department of Labor and the industry group, Idaho Aerospace Alliance, showed the need. NIC listened, wrote the grant, and now this completes the set of programs that grant promised to deliver,” O’Halloran said.

NIC received a nearly $3 million federal grant in late 2012, which helped create the Aerospace Center in Hayden that has offered Advanced Manufacturing programs since the fall of 2013. To date, 87 students have been taught hands-on skills fabricating and repairing composite parts, operating a CNC mill, or learned about non-destructive testing methods in that program.

“At least 26 graduates that we know of are currently working in related employment.” O’Halloran said. “Between Airway Heights and here, there more than 70 manufacturers which do a percentage of their business in aerospace — even more when you look further north in Idaho to Quest, Aerocet, Cygnus and Tamarack.”

Kodiak on Aerocet floats
A Kodiak Aircraft takes off. This plane is an Idaho product built by Quest Aircraft Co. of Sandpoint on Aerocet composite floats made in Priest River.

By adding Aviation Maintenance, NIC is addressing another, complementary need of the industry.

“This program was long in the making because safety is rightfully a big focus in aviation, and therefor FAA rules for approving maintenance schools are very specific,” O’Halloran said.

The rewards for students look promising: According to the Idaho Department of Labor, Aircraft Mechanics in the state have a median salary of $22 an hour, with even higher average wages across the nation.

“Now we just need to fill those seats,” O’Halloran said.

There are still spots available to enroll in the year-long program, which begins Aug. 24.

“There are more than 200 Idaho companies serving the aerospace industry — an industry with an income average above $50,000,” O’Halloran said. “These are solid jobs with a bright future. Our faculty and staff are excited to be a part of bringing NIC back into serving this field.”

For story info:           Patrick O’Halloran, NIC Aerospace director, (208) 676-7145 or


June 2015 IDA Northern Region Meet and Greet

June Meet and Greet brings emergency preparedness into focus, Mexican style.

Everyone seemed to have a great time and enjoyed the food as we tried a new venue, Azteca Southwest Grill, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for the IDA Northern Region Meet and Greet. The Mexican fare was delicious and the staff and service were outstanding.

Our featured speaker was Mr.  Mark Jacobus of Power Check. POWERCheck was founded in 2013 after witnessing the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy while located in New Jersey.

POWERCheck specializes in Emergency Power Oversight focusing on helping clients develop comprehensive Disaster Preparedness and Contingency Planning for Emergency Standby Power.

In addition, POWERCheck provides consulting services for Emergency Power Supply Systems (EPSS) such as power system vendor oversight, compliances standardization, ‘right-sized’ equipment sourcing, and in-service training.

Mark provided the group with solutions to tough questions like “How would an extended outage impact your business and major contracts?”, and many others.

Overall the presentation was very informative and thought provoking. A poll found that the majority of attendees thought the information very useful.

Garry Hojan, IDA President, gave an update on membership, 501(C)6 application status, the newly drafted budget and exciting plans for the future.

Represented were; The Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium, North Idaho College-Aerospace Center of Excellence, Idaho Department of Labor-Post Falls, Boundary County Economic Development CouncilTechHelp Idaho along with a good number of member companies such as Titan Spring/TSI Technologies, Lightning Tool and Manufacturing, Space ScrewCygnus, Inc., Empire Airlines, Aerocet Aerospace Manufacturing, and Novation, Inc.

Next Northern Region Meet and Greet will be held November 4th with a location to be determined.

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