The “Great Recession” has been no match for Pegasus Northwest of Kent, Wash. The Boeing-certified industrial water jet cutting shop has increased sales by 57% since 2007, keeping its five Jet Edge water jet cutting machines humming 20 hours a day weekdays and 12 hours a day weekends.
water jet cutting market in 1997.
Pegasus Northwest General Manager Ron Palstring attributes his company’s stunning success throughout the recession to its decision to invest in its quality program and greatly increase sales and marketing efforts.
While other businesses went into bunker mode, Pegasus Northwest took the initiative to become the first AS9100-certified company in Washington and hired a full-time sales and marketing manager to drum up new business. As a result, the water jet company is running at 70% capacity and has even installed two additional Jet Edge water jet cutting machines to keep up with demand.
Pegasus’s commitment to its quality program and experience meeting stringent aerospace industry performance requirements have helped it grow into one of the largest water jet shops in the Pacific Northwest, Palstring added, emphasizing that the company adheres to the same quality control practices for all of its customers as it does for Boeing.
“We are known for our quality and three-day turnaround,” he said. “We can hold tight tolerances, ± .005” in most cases and sometimes even tighter depending on the material. We can cut thick materials and only leave +.060” excess per side, and we have drills mounted on our waterjets so we can pre-drill sensitive materials such as composites. We also invest in diamond water jet orifices. The diamond heads last us approximately six months and gain us efficiency, accuracy and increased nozzle life.”