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McGinty Machine has staff, machines to do hot jobs fast

February 7, 2014 From The Wichita Business Journal.
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When aircraft manufacturers like Spirit AeroSystems, Triumph Aerostructures and Bombardier have a kink in their supply chain, when they need 10 parts — or just one or two — fast, McGinty Machine Shop is often the place they call.

McGinty handles some predictable, long-term contracts, but President Don McGinty says he has more staff and machine capacity than he needs to execute those jobs. That extra capacity is for what he calls “blue streak” jobs — small jobs that pop up unexpectedly and must be completed quickly.

“Blue streak is hot,” he says. “You’ve got everybody working on it, the pricing is higher. You have to expedite it through.”

To be prepared for blue streak jobs, McGinty says he and other company leaders keep close tabs on work flow. The company uses a shop management software called Global Shop Solutions, which McGinty says updates progress on jobs every five minutes. McGinty says he also relies heavily on project managers to set priorities and make sure deadlines are met.

The shop strives to be self-sufficient, McGinty says, with equipment on hand for keeping tools sharp. That means McGinty doesn’t lose time shipping tools out to someone else.

McGinty Machine has been doing blue streak work since 1998, and McGinty says the business has learned how to set pricing and staffing levels to do it well.

“It’s become our niche,” he says. “It’s part of our marketing strategy.”