Aerospace Subcontractor Specializes in Large Structural Parts

Eric Haworth
Global Sales & Marketing
Impresa Aerospace, LLC
310-354-1200 Ext. 2409


Gardena, CA (July 23, 2014) Impresa Aerospace, a leading supplier to the commercial and military aerospace industries, has recently completed a complete overhaul and refurbishment of its second Verson Wheelon Bladder Press. The giant hydraulic fluid cell presses are capable of producing individual parts up to 15 feet long, giving Impresa added capability to fulfill the growing need for wide-body fuselage structures.

“These large-format presses allow us to form complex parts in one operation rather than requiring staged drop hammer or conventional press work,” states Impresa CEO Scott Smith. “This process gives us the ability to form large parts from aluminum, titanium, stainless steel, and other aerospace alloys in low volumes without expensive tooling,” continued Smith.

These presses use an inflatable bladder, or fluid cell, to shape metal parts from pre-cut blanks of aluminum, stainless steel or aircraft steels over multiple, complex-shaped die blocks. The flexible fluid cell is inflated with high pressure hydraulic fluid which expands and flows downward over and around the metal blank. The cell follows the contour of the die block, exerting an even, positive pressure at all contact points. As a result, the metal blank is literally wrapped to the exact shape of the die block.

“By bringing both of these Verson presses on line, we not only achieve redundancy, we’ve added over 350 hours of monthly capacity to the Hydroform cell,” states Dennis Fitzgerald, Impresa Vice President of Engineering.

Impresa is a leading supplier to the aerospace industry, boasting major contracts with Boeing, Spirit Aerosystems, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and Gulfstream. Notable commercial programs include the Boeing 787, 777, 747, 737; Airbus A330 and A340; and Gulfstream G50. Regarding defense-related programs, Boeing’s Apache Helicopter, C-17 and F-18; Sikorsky’s Black Hawk helicopter and the Lockheed Martin C130 are among the company’s most illustrious contracts.

The company operates two facilities — a 100,000 square foot Gardena, CA plant, along with the 40,000 square foot Wichita, KS plant — where it provides a comprehensive array of engineering, manufacturing and assembly services. The company is noted for supplying OEMs with high-quality, low-cost precision CNC-machined and sheet metal parts and assemblies. Together, the Impresa facilities employ approximately 350 machinists, engineers and support staff and will account for more than $60 million in annual sales.

Impresa, along with the company’s financial partner, Graycliff Partners, is poised for future growth and anticipates future acquisitions. Graycliff Partners is an independent investment firm with offices in New York and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For more information about Impresa Aerospace contact Eric Haworth.