Small parts mean big business for Acutec Industries in St. Stephen

When it comes to aircraft systems, every small part plays a big role.

Expert machinists make these specialized components from unique, aerospace alloys at Acutec Industries LLC in St. Stephen.

This facility opened in 2001, it’s affiliated with Acutec Precision Aerospace Inc., which is headquartered in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Acutec Industries LLC. General Manager Dan Bras said the St. Stephen location employs about 54 people but the site is planning to expand.

He’s hiring more machinists and inspectors.

Most manufacturing jobs are held by people in their 50s but at Acutec Industries LLC the average age of employees is 36.

Younger workers are attracted to the company because of the competitive wages, benefits and their in-house training programs for entry level machinists.

Bras said this location mainly serves power generation and aerospace markets.

Machinists have access to 15 computer numerical control (CNC) turning centers as well as nine 3-, 4- and 5-axis CNC milling centers.

They also have TIG welding and tube bending equipment.

Most of the components built by Acutec are for fuel delivery systems on land based power generation turbines.

Many of those parts are similar to ones in jet engines so a lot of the same materials are used to produce aerospace products.

Many parts made here in Berkeley county are sold in the Lowcountry. Others are transported to aerospace companies in California, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.