When we started over two decades ago in a garage it was our vision to always stay one step ahead; be an innovator in the aviation field. We not only continue to imagine new possibilities for our company but more importantly for our customers and the aviation field as a whole.
At Metal Innovations, Inc. our foundation starts with the greatest belief that diversification is the key to success, not just in what we do but the people who work here. We are not only a FAA Authorized Repair Station (#KW7R756N) but a Cessna Service Center, Quest Kodiak Service Center and Critical Parts PMA holder. With this we have gathered under one roof a highly trained and experienced crew of aircraft structural mechanics/technicians, aviation welders, drafters and aircraft painters. With decades worth of knowledge to create an organization that has the extensive capability to meet any of your Maintenance, Repair, Manufacturing, AOG and Overhaul needs.
As we proceed forward towards our future, we strive to remain a pioneer in all aspects of the aviation field. Our organization is committed to embracing the latest in technological equipment and repair processes in our continued mission to provide the highest quality of services at a level that is unmatched in execution, efficiency and customer satisfaction; all while at a competitive price.
We invite you to learn more about how we started and who we are!
1996 - Company Founded
Metal Innovations Inc. is a certified woman-owned business and FAA Repair Station that was founded by Kim and Craig Wilmes 0n January 24th, 1996. The initial investment attributed to the formation of Metal Innovations Inc. was comprised of the proceeds from the sale of a pickup truck and an $8000 inheritance from Kim’s grandmother. The business began in a garage where Kim wrote MII’s FAA Repair Station Manual. After its approval, MII acquired its first repair contract from Horizon Airlines, modifying 80 over-wing emergency exit doors for the Fokker F-28 fleet.
1998 - New Facility
In 1998 Metal Innovations, Inc. outgrew its facility located at the Wilmes’ personal residence and was moved to a 10000 sq. foot warehouse in Canby, Oregon. At this time the business was primarily focused on off wing repair of air carrier composite and sheet metal components.
2001 - Diversification
In 2001, after the 911 tragedy, business for the suppliers of the air carrier markets stopped immediately and all work and receivables associated with the air carriers were put on an indefinite hold. This almost caused a complete shutdown of Metal Innovations, Inc., however, Craig and Kim knew that diversification was the key to survival and were committed to doing everything necessary to keep Metal Innovations, Inc. intact, including the sale of their personal residence. After almost a year of hard work, the new strategy paid off, and work began coming through door from various facets of industry. By early 2003 MII had diversified and expanded into offering composite repair, engineering, and parts manufacturing services to the corporate, air carrier, air cargo, and heavy lift helicopter markets.
2003 - Relocation
In 2003 MII relocated to the Aurora State Airport. This move opened new doors, leading to new projects, such as major overhauls of complete aircraft. It also allowed MII to gain approvals from the FAA to increasing its list of approved capabilities.
2008 - Expansion
In July of 2008 Metal Innovations purchased the Aurora Jet Center, which was a full service Fixed Base Operation (FBO) located at the south end of KUAO. This acquisition created new jobs and gave way to an increased presence on the field.
2011 - Cessna Service Center
Growing operations even more, in 2011, Metal Innovations became an authorized Cessna Service Center. Opening up the ability to reach more customers, allowing MII to provide a new wide range amount of work. For instance, wing repair, landing gear overhaul, line maintenance and all other structural and body repairs for all Cessna Aircraft
2016 - Progession
In 2016, Metal Innovations sold the Aurora Jet Center. That same year MII moved to a 25,900 sq.ft facility, all while staying home at the Aurora State Airport. The new building gave Metal Innovations the ability to purchase a brand new, larger paint booth. The addition of the paint booth, more square footage and larger hangar door has allowed MII to grow its overall operation as a one stop location for a wide variety of aircraft.
2017 - The Now
On July 24, 2017 Metal Innovations, Inc. received final confirmation from the FAA that its long awaited Cessna 208 SID 20K Reset Program, STC SA02549SE, was approved. At this same time MII also announced that it would be teaming up with Blackhawk Modifications to revitalize the entire Caravan; nose to tail. With MII Specializing with the Cessna 208 SID Reset STC SA02549SE and Blackhawk with 867 SHP Blackhawk XP140 Engine+ Upgrade. Then on October 4, 2017 Metal Innovations received confirmation from Transport Canada that the Cessna 208 SID 20K Reset Program had been approved to be installed on Canada Registered aircraft’s.
Innovation That Instills Continuous Quality Improvement
For more information about who we are or our capabilities please contact us. Our team at MII is here to answer any and all questions.