The infancy of the business is born by Don Lindsey in the Lindsey garage.
Don had overheard a conversation in the Boeing lobby regarding the failure of titanium sheet metal flanges on the 727 aircraft. Don, the consummate salesman, recognized this as an opportunity to utilize a manufacturing process that would revolutionize the forming of sheet metal parts. The process was axial-load bulge forming, a forming process whereby material thinning is minimized, while part configuration and properties are maximized.
This was the beginning of Don’s leadership in the sheet metal business specifically targeted to the aerospace industry. The business’s original press was built in Don and Phyllis Lindsey’s home garage and now resides in the company’s lobby at the main facility in Kent, WA.
As a start-up business, Exotic borrowed $800 to get underway and ordered its first shipment of titanium sheet from Timet, leaving $1.12 in its bank account. The titanium was used by Exotic to manufacture these new flanges and prove to Boeing the potential of the technology. Not only were Don and Phyllis able to sell the potential of the company to customers, but also to its suppliers and bankers.