December 22, 2011
Yakima, Washington based light aircraft designer and manufacturer CubCrafters has announced a major expansion of their FAA certified manufacturing facility, adding 15,000 square feet by leasing a building near the Yakima airport.
The new facility became fully operational December 18th.
Located less than a mile from CubCrafters’ existing 25,000 square foot headquarters and main manufacturing facility, the newly occupied building houses a weld shop and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine shop. The move frees up space at the main facility for a research and development department, a delivery hanger and an updated, centralized and expanded parts department.
“It’s extremely gratifying to announce this expansion,” says CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervold. “With our business on a steady pathway of growth, this additional space will improve manufacturing efficiencies and more effectively serve our customers.”
“We’ve needed to do this for a long time” added CubCrafters Owner Jim Richmond, “Our planes are selling well, and if we get even a little help from the economy, we will need to increase our production rate. This will also let us create a dedicated R&D department for the development of future products.”
The expansion also creates job opportunities. Openings in several departments have been posted and can be reviewed at the CAREERS page.
CubCrafters, founded in 1980 by current owner and CEO, Jim Richmond, is located at McAllister Field Airport (YKM) in Yakima, WA. CubCrafters' roots are in the 60-year history of classic taildragger aviation, but its products and services are leading edge.
CubCrafters offers three new, ready-to-fly aircraft. The second generation SPORT CUB S2 is the long awaited redesign of the classic airplane that inspired the light sport category. The CARBON CUB SS, a more powerful version of the S2 with 180 horsepower, is the most powerful LSA aircraft in production. The TOP CUB, with a useful load of over 1000 lbs., is the most capable two-place personal and utility aircraft in its class. CubCrafters also offers their Carbon Cub in a kit version, the CARBON CUB EX.Cub Crafters, Inc.
1918 South 16th Avenue
Yakima, WA 98903