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MRO Americas is back!

Come see Columbia Manufacturing in Orlando Florida from April 27-29, Booth #1307 MRO Americas 2021 is a hybrid event solution for attendees to join exibitors in person or virtually from anywhere in the world. We will showcase several of our overhaul and repair parts and be available to discuss how our unique MRO capabilities can help solve your specific MRO needs.

March 17th, 2021|News|

CMI Employees Making a Difference

CMI Aviation is proud to support our local community. Recognizing the on-going need to help others during the pandemic, our employees conducted a non-perishable food drive during the month of January to benefit Covenant Soup Kitchen. Covenant is a nonprofit organization located in the heart of downtown Willimantic, CT. It is open every day, year-round to provide food and access to basic services to individuals and families from the greater Windham

February 16th, 2021|News|

Celebrating 40 Years of Service in the Aerospace Industry

We are proud to honor our entrepreneurial past with a bold vision for future growth. The year 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Columbia Manufacturing. Since its founding by Mr. David N. Bell Sr., our Company has grown successfully over the past four decades to be the largest employer in our namesake town in eastern Connecticut. We are proud to be a world-class supplier of OEM hardware for critical processes as

September 11th, 2020|News|

Columbia Manufacturing from the Past to the Present

About Our Founder David N. Bell Columbia Manufacturing was founded out of David Bell’s passion for aerospace manufacturing and his connections within the industry. A native of Manchester, Conn., he began a lifelong career in aerospace at Pratt & Whitney in 1956 as a machinist apprentice. He was a quick study with an entrepreneurial spirit that led him to pursue opportunities in Florida. He left P&W after ten years to join

September 11th, 2020|News|

New CNC Vertical Turret Lathe – Amada CNC Press Brake

CMI acquires new VTL as part of growth strategy As part of our continuing strategy to upgrade our overall CNC machining capabilities, we recently acquired and installed a new vertical turret lathe (VTL). This machine allows us to expand our ability to manufacture various size parts in an efficient manner. Despite the recent pandemic virus and downturn in the aviation industry, we are committed to our business growth strategy that includes

August 6th, 2020|News|

Gaining Manufacturing Efficiencies through Velocity Scheduling System

A complete visual manufacturing system to improve schedule efficiency and achieve faster delivery times Earlier this year, CMI personnel participated in a 10-week Velocity Scheduling System (“VSS”) training and implementation program designed to increase the throughput of our Company’s manufacturing process. The system, which is based on the lean manufacturing Theory of Constraints, is now fully implemented and operational. The Velocity Scheduling System is not software but a complete visual manufacturing

July 8th, 2020|News|
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