Department Profile: Manufacturing
Wipaire’s manufacturing team is made up of approximately 30 individuals who build Wipline floats, AirGlide skis, and our many modifications.
Our manufacturing department moved nearly all operations into a new facility in late 2012. The West Gate facility features over 22,000 square feet of production, office, and warehouse space and integrates multiple manufacturing sites under one roof.
The manufacturing team is responsible for successfully introducing new products into regular production, a challenging task that requires consideration of existing production schedules and methods as well as implementation of new technologies and designs into the process. This year, our manufacturing team has entered full production on the new Wipline 8750 float and is beginning production of the all-new Wipline 1450 float as well. Both of these products mark Wipaire’s entrance into a new market—the Cessna Grand Caravan & Grand Caravan EX were approved on Wipline floats for the first time ever earlier this year, and the Wipline 1450 is Wipaire’s smallest float ever, designed for light-sport aircraft. In addition to Wipline floats our manufacturing department builds float rigging, installation kits, AirGlide skis, and numerious aircraft modifications.
The people who build Wipaire’s products do not simply piece together floats, skis, and modification components. They are true craftsmen who apply both art and science to create the quality products that Wipaire is known for around the world.
Jim Hansen – Manufacturing Supervisor
Jim came to Wipaire in April of 1981, and began working on the float production line. He has built many models of Wipline floats, including current models such as the 2100, 2350, 3000, 3450, 6100, 7000, 8750, 10000, and 13000. He has also built retired models such as the Wipline 3730, 3900, and 4000, in addition to working on the 13000 water bomber.
Across 32 years of service, Jim has supervised the hydraulic shop, paint shop (manufacturing side), worked in customer service, and in fuel sales. He has trained many members of our manufacturing team and continues to be a tremendous asset to Wipaire.
Joe Anderson – Sales Engineer
Joe started at Wipaire in January of 1990 in Wipline float production. He has held a variety of positions at Wipaire over the years, including working on the production line, serving as parts manufacturing supervisor, and small float line supervisor. He worked on the 13000 water bomber project and also on the Fire Boss water bomber, and counts those projects as some of the most interesting.
Joe’s current role is sales engineer. While he is a manufacturing employee, he interfaces with many of Wipaire’s departments. He may coordinate with manufacturing, maintenance, engineering, and marketing, all in one day!