The infancy of the business was born in our founder's garage.
Don, our founder, had overheard a conversation in the lobby of a leading aerospace manufacturer 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 our founder’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 sheets from Timet, leaving $1.12 in its bank account. The titanium was used by Exotic to manufacture these new flanges and prove the potential of the technology. Not only were our founders able to sell the potential of the company to customers, but also to its suppliers and bankers.