Blogs

Expanding into a New Generation of Jumbo Jets

Continuing our series of milestone projects from Austin's 100 years of serving the aviation, aerospace and defense industry ...

With double-digit inflation, high unemployment, an oil embargo and energy crisis, the early years of the 1970s dealt a wicked blow to Boeing and the aerospace industry. Orders for jumbo jets dwindled and Boeing witnessed its workforce plummet from 100,800 employees in 1967 to nearly 38,700 in 1971.

It was perseverance and ingenuity through those turbulent economic times, however, that enabled Boeing to soar into the 1980s. As airlines looked for more fuel efficient jets, Boeing responded in the mid-1970s by designing two new jets, the 757 and twin-aisle 767.

Doing the Right Thing: Corporate Social Responsibility

I have always kept a motto that if you do the right things, the right things will happen for you. This philosophy lends itself well to Company cultures and the environment we all work in. Our parent company, Kajima Corporation, has a significant portion of their website and annual report dedicated to CSR, or Corporate Social Responsibility. A closer look at the website shows that Kajima’s CSR has several component strategies, including Compliance, Ethics, the Environment, Safety, the Community, and being a company that people are proud to work for.

A true benefit – a blessing even – that I get in my position is a front row seat to seeing how this dedication to Corporate Social responsibility works.

Boeing’s Everett Plant – Home of the 747 and a New Era of Air Travel

Continuing our series of milestone projects from Austin's 100 years of serving the aviation, aerospace and defense industry ...

In 1968, the door to global air travel was flung wide open by The Boeing Company.

And that door — which happened to be close to the size of an NFL football field — was just one incredible feature of the 1.9-million square foot Boeing 747 assembly plant that The Austin Company designed and built in Everett, Washington.

From Stockyards to the Sky

Continuing our series of milestone projects from Austin's 100 years of serving the aviation, aerospace and defense industry ...

In 1939, the United States’ aircraft industry ranked 41st among industries in the United States. By the end of World War II in 1945, our country’s aircraft industry rose to first place in the United States – and in the world.

Bakery Insights: Avoiding Increased Costs and Project Delays

Commercial bakery facility projects are a large undertaking. Whether renovating, planning an expansion, or constructing a new facility, these capital projects have numerous considerations to be taken into account before the design process begins.

Austin Builds a Fortress for Boeing's Flying Fortress

The second in our series of milestone projects from Austin's 100 years of serving the aviation, aerospace and defense industry ...

In 1926, The Austin Company was already a proven partner in the aviation industry, having designed and built the largest factory building in the world for the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co. in Buffalo, NY in 1916 – and by doing it in a remarkable 90 days.

The Austin Company had found vast success as a one-stop shop, combining design, engineering and construction in a single firm, and marketing it as The Austin Method®. By the early 1920s, the company was looking to open sales offices in industrial centers across the country.

Pioneers in Aircraft Manufacturing Facility Design-Build

What was it like to design and build an aircraft manufacturing facility 100 years ago?

As Austin celebrates 100 years of designing and building world-class facilities for manufacturing, maintaining, and developing aircraft, airplanes and other aeroplanes, I wonder what it was like to do these projects 100 years go.

The Austin Company Takes Flight - Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company

The first in our series of milestone projects from Austin's 100 years of serving the aviation, aerospace and defense industry ...

By 1916, The Austin Method® already had been a standard operating practice for more than a decade at The Austin Company in Cleveland, Ohio. The concept of combining design and construction services into one firm was more than just unique – it was proving to be tremendously successful. In the development of manufacturing sites across the Midwest, the concept was tried and true. And, with an enormous project with Glenn Curtiss (the “father of American aviation”), The Austin Method® was about to propel the innovative company into aviation history.

Craftsmanship - Taking Pride in Your Work

In June 2015, Mr. Yoshikazu Oshimi was promoted to the position of President and Representative Director of Kajima Corporation, Austin’s parent company. Mr. Oshimi has 30 years of experience within Kajima, starting in construction and moving into project management and then management. In his message, “My Commitments as President,” published in the 2015 Corporate Report, Mr.

The Meaning of 100 Years

Aviation Week and Space Technology (AW&ST), the magazine, okay – call it “the bible” of the industry, first published in August 1916. William Boeing founded The Boeing Company in 1916 as well. Also in 1916, The Austin Company began design and construction of its first (of many) aircraft assembly plants – one hundred years ago this year, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company plant in Buffalo, New York. The precursor to Curtiss Wright.

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