Pierce County is home to businesses large and small and all are appreciated for their contribution to the County’s economic well-being. The Pierce County Economic Development Department and its partners work together to encourage and assist small, entrepreneurial firms to thrive and grow. In each newsletter, we feature one of these companies.
Founded in 1979, P&J Machining is a second-generation machine shop located in the Puyallup Valley. Current owners Paul and Mike Hogoboom have grown the business from the garage, where their father started the business, to over 70,000 square feet of manufacturing space and employing over 105 people to date.
P&J’s main line of business is in aerospace manufacturing; most of their parts can be found on all models of the Boeing aircraft line. Specializing in aluminum metal manufacturing, they also work with titanium, stainless steel, carbon fiber and other specialty raw materials and metals. P&J also has an extensive Assembly Department that allows them the additional flexibility to not only machine a part but deliver a fully completed part that can go directly on the aircraft assembly line. Annually P&J produces over 300,000 parts that can be found somewhere within the Boeing family of planes from map holders in the cockpit, curtain tracks in cabin, and floor stanchions below deck. P&J’s work does not go unnoticed nor untouched by every person that steps on a Boeing aircraft.
In the Aerospace Industry, technological advances are always at the forefront to improve efficiency and quality across all line of business, and P&J Machining is no stranger to those advances. Currently, P&J has 21 “spindles” that all do the work of metal manufacturing. Beginning in the late 1990s, they became one of the first “Lights-out Manufacturing” companies in the State with the addition of a robotic cellular system. This was capable of running overnight and unmanned, producing fully manufactured product the next morning. Today, of the 21 spindles, 10 of those are robotic machining centers and by the end of 2018, the company will be adding 4 more machines that will basically double their capacity.
P&J Machining is proud to be founded and based in Pierce County. Their roots are deep in the County, and ownership and employees continue to give back to their surrounding communities. Whether making complex machined parts, assembling components onto those parts, or sponsoring local Veterans at a Rainiers game, P&J will always adhere to their motto: “Quality and Delivery Make the Difference”.