ATC Manufacturing prepares for growth in Post Falls

Natasha Nellis

May 9th, 2019

ATC Manufacturing's lamination line is located in its 67,000-square-foot plant in Post Falls. The company moved the in 2015.

Since ATC Manufacturing moved to its facility at 1224 N. Lean, in Post Falls, roughly three years ago, the employee count has nearly doubled, says owner and founder Dan Jorgenson.

David Leach, director of business development, attributes the growth to the increasing adoption of thermoplastic composites in the industry by big aerospace companies such as Chicago-based Boeing Co., Netherlands-based Airbus S.A.S., and Savannah, Georgia-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

ATC, or Advanced Thermoplastic Composites, manufactures continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites for the aerospace industry, says Leach, which includes clips, brackets, channels, ribs, and other beams used in the wings and bodies of aircraft. 

“This growth is really reflecting the increased adoption of thermoplastics,” Leach says. “Thermoplastics have been maturing and the (original equipment manufacturer) aerospace companies have only really in the last few years started to adopt it in a bigger way.”

Continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites consist mostly of fiber reinforced with resins. ATC produces both unidirectional fiber and woven fabrics in both carbon and glass.

Leach says most thermoplastics, such as cell phone cases, toys, and eyeglasses, are comprised of resins that aren’t reinforced with fibers, or are reinforced with shorter fibers. Continuous composites have a high density of long fibers reinforced with resin.