Muskogee Technology Blog

MT Sparks New Contracts

MT Sparks New Contracts A team representing the Poarch Band of Creek Indians was invited to tour a world-renowned shipbuilding operation, Austal USA. The group included Tribal Council Vice-Chair, Robbie McGhee; Tribal Council Treasurer, Eddie Tullis; Tribal Council At-Large Member, Dewitt Carter; CIEDA President/CEO, Cody Williamson; CIEDA COO, Tim Manning; CIEDA CFO, Chad Klinck; Muskogee Technology President/CEO, Westly L. Woodruff; Muskogee Technology Business Development Manager, John Christy and Adrienne Mathison, from PBCI office of Government Relations.

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Now Producing a Second Lane Shark Brush Cutter

Now Producing a Second Lane Shark Brush Cutter Touted as “the brush cutter everyone needs,” by nickphx22 on Yesterdaystractors.com message board, Lane Shark is in a class of its own. If you are struggling to keep wooded roads, fields, hunting lanes, embankments, waterway edges, or any other forested or brush heavy land well maintained without dedicating endless hours of backbreaking work to do so, then Lane Sharks brush cutters are right up your alley.

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Bridging Manufacturing Technology Excellence and Community Development

Bridging Manufacturing Technology Excellence and Community Development The medium and large enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing industry often find it daunting to venture into manufacturing areas beyond their expertise and of which they have marginal experience. To that end, they recognize the importance of intellectual resource sharing and often subcontract part of their production work to small scale manufacturers. These partnerships can prevent net losses rooting from nonexpert operations in uncharted areas, and achieve superior manufacturing outcomes.

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Workforce Development

Workforce Development Whether it is presenting Muskogee Technology (MT) to students at local community colleges and trade schools or educating high school students on the core skills needed to enter the manufacturing world, Muskogee Technology President/CEO, Westly L. Woodruff, and his Team are actively working to attract the next generation of skilled labor for MT’s future growth.

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Passing the Stress Test

Passing the Stress Test Alabama Power is one of 11 U.S. electric and natural gas utilities operated by the Southern Company. In their efforts to provide reliable electrical service to 1.4 million homes, businesses, and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama, they must make sure they only use the best equipment possible. One such piece of equipment is a crossarm that attaches to the power poles and holds the power lines. Ensuring the quality, strength, and resilience of crossarms can mean the difference between having downed or working power lines during inclement weather or harsh conditions.

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Why Precision Parts Matter in Aerospace Machining

Aerospace components must guarantee personnel safety and facilitate the optimal performance of high-precision instruments and machines. Consequently, precision is of supreme importance in the machining and fabrication of aerospace and aircraft parts, which require the highest levels of functionality under high-pressure and high-altitude situations.

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Austal Industry Day in Washington, D.C.

Austal Industry Day in Washington, D.C. It takes years to build strategic relationships in manufacturing and often even longer to garner any quantifiable returns on investment. Muskogee Technology (MT) knows that this kind of investment is well spent time and energy. MT actively works to nurture these strategic relationships, with the knowledge that when worked correctly, this effort will pay off in spades.

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Austal Visit

Austal Visit A team representing the Poarch Band of Creek Indians was invited to tour a world-renowned shipbuilding operation, Austal USA. The group included Tribal Council Vice-Chair, Robbie McGhee; Tribal Council Treasurer, Eddie Tullis; Tribal Council At-Large Member, Dewitt Carter; CIEDA President/CEO, Cody Williamson; CIEDA COO, Tim Manning; CIEDA CFO, Chad Klinck; Muskogee Technology President/CEO, Westly L. Woodruff; Muskogee Technology Business Development Manager, John Christy and Adrienne Mathison, from PBCI office of Government Relations.

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Manufacturing Relationships

Manufacturing Relationships In the manufacturing world, strategic relationships are critical. As defined by the Business Dictionary, these types of relationships are an agreement between two or more entities to conduct specified activities or processes, to achieve specified objectives such as product development or distribution. Sometimes referred to as strategic alliances, businesses involved can find many benefits, such as knowledge and resource sharing, opportunities for growth, access to desired target markets and economies of scale.

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Next Generation Manufacturing

Next Generation Manufacturing It has been said that you have to have the right tools to do the job right. Muskogee Technology (MT) believes that to be true and is happily growing their diverse collection of CNC machines to include two new Haas vertical mills models VF-2SS and VF-9.50 and a Haas model ST-30Yaxis lathe machine.

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Exchange Mentor Program

Exchange Mentor Program Recently, Muskogee Technology (MT) received official confirmation of having been selected as a member of Alabama Power’s 2018-2019 Supplier Diversity Mentoring Program. Brenda Young, mentor program coordinator, said, “A selection committee made up of key business unit decisions-makers from Alabama Power and Southern Company Services (SCS) have selected your company for our signature program.”

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Muskogee Technology Achieves AS9100D Certification

AS9100D, Aerospace Manufacturer, Alabama Defense supplier, ISO:QMS In manufacturing, producing quality products is a crucial component of success. Throughout the years, many quality systems for the aerospace and defense industries have been developed leading to specific industry standards meant to ensure the delivery of high-quality products. The latest quality certification revision within these industries is AS9100D. Muskogee Technology received their designation as an AS9100D manufacturer in June of this 2018.

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Muskogee Technology Achieves Composites Nadcap Certification

Muskogee Technology Achieves Composites Nadcap Certification Muskogee Technology (MT) has proudly received a Nadcap accreditation in Composites (COMP) after successfully passing a Nadcap audit for composite cutting and kitting services. MT has proactively obtained the certification to ensure alignment with its customers’ supplier quality performance requirements. Nadcap (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) is a globally respected accreditation body.

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High Flying Fun At Work

High Flying Fun at Work It was a special day at the Atmore Airport. On hand were over 30 representatives from Muskogee Technology, Tribal Council and Creek Indian Enterprises’ Board of Directors to greet the 2017 Honda Jet as it made its approach. Julian MacQueen, CEO of Innisfree Hotels, brought a 2017 Honda Jet to Atmore to give the Muskogee Technology Composites Team an opportunity to see the plane. This was a unique experience for the MT team since the Composites Team cuts and kits the composite materials used to make this specific jets’ fuselage.

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Soaring to New Heights in Composite Manufacturing

Soaring to New Heights in Composite Manufacturing Through an agreement that began back in 2014 with GKN Aerospace, Muskogee Technology (MT) has experienced accelerated growth in composites cutting and kitting for the aerospace industry. In the beginning, Muskogee Technology performed an array of modernizations to fulfill their part of this new partnership. These upgrades included the installation of two Subzero freezers, one for raw material storage and another for finished goods. Also built was an environmentally controlled cutting room, most commonly referred to as the “Clean Room” and added four new Eastman Kodak static cutting machines.

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Haas ST45 Lathe

Haas ST45 Lathe They say you have to have the right tools to do the job right, which is why we just added the new Haas ST45 lathe to our machine shop. This new CNC tooling machine is a high performance live tool big bore lathe with a large-frame and a generous work envelope. Made in the USA, the Haas ST45 has a 12 station bolt-on turret with hydraulic clamping, large spindle nose and spindle bore and a two speed gear box.

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Quest For Perfection

Quest For Perfection In an industry that is continuing to evolve with new processes and the advent of robotic welding, first-generation Marquis Brooks, understands that it is necessary to adapt or get left behind in the welding industry. He welcomes these industry changes with the simple goal of continuous improvement of his welding skills and trade knowledge. After graduating from a 7-month welding school nearly three years ago, Brooks started his welding career.

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Q & A with Billy Lane

Q and A with Billy Lane How many years have you been in manufacturing?
I have been at MT for 10 years. I started by just putting screws in a bag (kitting), and now I am second shift lead in the Composites Department's clean room, where composite materials are processed.

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Welding 101

Welding 101 Welding is the process of joining metals by extreme heat. Its history can be traced back 2,000 years ago, the earliest being a Bronze Age example of small circular gold boxes made by pressure welding lap joints together. Today, welding is used extensively in light to heavy fabrication processes such as seen at Muskogee Technology (MT). There are many types of welding including SMAW, GTAW, FCAW, and GMAW.

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CNC Machining

CNC Machining CNC machining is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery. CNC stands for "computer numerical control" and is the process by which Muskogee Technology (MT) fabricates many of its parts for customers in an array of industries

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RedStone Arsenal Ribbon Cutting

RedStone Arsenal Ribbon Cutting In January 2016, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians donated $1,000,000 to help relocate Gate 9 at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. The security access gate needed to be moved three quarters of a mile to alleviate traffic jams and improve unsafe driving conditions caused by the more than twenty thousand people using the gate daily.

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Muskogee Technology's New President/CEO

MT New CEO Sometimes to take an award winning team like Muskogee Technology to the next level you have to change the quarterback, and that's exactly what they did when they brought on Westly L. Woodruff as their new President/CEO.

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2016 Boeing Excellence Award

MT Boeing Award Muskogee Technology has received the 2016 Boeing Silver Award. The Boeing Co. issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Muskogee Technology maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. The awards are presented to companies the following year.

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Anthony Hall Profile

Understanding Wind Energy Twenty years is a long time. And when you think about working at the same company for that long, it can either seem like an eternity or like it was just yesterday. The latter is how it feels to Anthony Hall at Muskogee Technology (MT). Hall, the spouse of a Tribal Member, is a composite machine operator at MT and has just celebrated his 20th year working for the Tribe at the manufacturing plant.

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Understanding Wind Energy

Understanding Wind Energy Power generated from wind is not a new concept. Humans have been harnessing wind power for centuries, and wind energy is a viable option for generating electricity that can be harnessed by businesses and homes. The National Resource Defense Council asserts that wind power is an affordable, efficient and abundant source of domestic electricity. Because it does not produce pollution, wind power also is beneficial for the environment.

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London Airshow

London Airshow After take off comes the landing. But for Muskogee Technology (MT), the company continues to fly high with business. In July, representatives from MT, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA) and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians traveled to London to attend the Farnborough International Airshow. The airshow is a chance for companies, such as Muskogee Technology, to meet with industry leaders, establish new business relationships and strengthen existing ones.

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The history of Muskogee Technology

History of Muskogee Technology - Part 1 Ever see the TV show “How it’s Made”? The documentary-style show takes you through the process of how everyday items, and some unique ones, are manufactured. That is kind of how each day plays out at Muskogee Technology (MT) in Atmore. And now you will learn just “how MT was made.” This is part one of a two-part series on the history of Muskogee Technology.

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Muskogee Technology achieves Supplier Excellence Award

Excellence Award Muskogee Technology (MT) was awarded the Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award for 2015 at the Supplier of the Year/Global Supplier Conference in Seattle. This is the fourth year in a row Muskogee Technology has won either the gold or silver recognition from The Boeing Co.

"We are so proud that Muskogee Technology has been honored with this award from Boeing again this year," Tribal Chair/CEO Stephanie Bryan said. "This award is a direct reflection of all the hard work and dedication of everyone who works on a daily basis at MT to make it such a success."

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Developing Relationships: Muskogee Technology gets opportunity to present to NASA contractors

Developing Relationships Director of Marketing for Muskogee Technology Mal McGhee attended a Mobile Chamber of Commerce conference to learn about how Muskogee Technology (MT) could do more business with NASA. MT already has built parts for the International Space Station in the past. Through this match-making conference, another opportunity was presented for Muskogee Technology. McGhee was invited to do a presentation for NASA and its top contractors, which include The Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton and many others.

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The Power of Partnerships

Power of Partnerships When it comes to power and energy, Alabama Power Co. knows a thing or two about the subject. So when the opportunity to tour a major manufacturing facility in Atmore came up, the leadership of Alabama Power jumped at the chance. Representatives from Alabama Power recently got a first-hand experience to see what goes on at Muskogee Technology (MT).

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Muskogee Tech Meets With Big Companies at Expo

Muskogee Tech Meets With Big Companies at Expo In August 2015, the Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council (SRMSDC) invited Muskogee Technology (MT) to attend the Gateway Business Connections Conference and Expo in New Orleans. Gateway draws hundreds of minority businesses from across the country for the annual two-day event, which provides venues for discussion, training, matchmaking, awards and business exhibition. MT has been a member of the SRMSDC for more than 20 years. This has led to MT achieving relationships with large suppliers throughout the nation.

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Muskogee Technology Flies High at Paris Air Show

Soaring to New Heights Building off the momentum from last year's Farmbourgh Airshow in England, were Muskogee Technology (MT) received the Lean and Innovation Award from GKN Aerospace, MT jetted into action at the 2015 Paris Air Show on June 12-19. This year, Poarch Band of Creek Indians was a show of force at the air show with Tribal Chair Stephanie A. Bryan, CIEDA President/CEO James T. Martin, Greg Rawls and Mal McGhee attending the event.

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Poarch Creeks Showcased at White House Rural Development Conference

Rural Development Conference The Poarch Band of Creek Indians was honored to be one of only 12 tribes invited to the 10th OECD Rural Development Conference, which took place May 19-21 in Memphis, Tenn. The seminar was hosted by the White House Rural Council with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Mexico's Secretariat for Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development.

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There is Something in the Wind

There is Something in the Wind Muskogee Technology (MT) has been busy lately churning out products for the wind energy industry. In the past few months, MT has been working on a contract for General Electric Co. (GE). This contract produces transportation parts for wind turbine blades that also double as erection frames to attach the blades to the turbines on the wind farms. A contract with Siemens also is in the works.

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Leadership Atmore tours Muskogee Technology

Leadership Atmore Our community will always need good leadership. One way to build new leaders is to teach people how to play to their individual strengths so they can get involved and make a difference. Leadership Atmore does just that. Sponsored by the Atmore Chamber of Commerce, the program exposes participants to issues and resources on the local and state levels.

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Composites: The essence of the aerospace industry

Composites Have you ever wondered what goes in to making airplane parts, such as the fuselage (the body of the plane) or the wings or even the propellers? Thinking about such things can create a wow factor once you learn the ins and outs of a complex component. But at Muskogee Technology (MT), manufacturing airplane parts using composites is just everyday business.

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Muskogee Technology receives Boeing Silver Award

Silver Award Muskogee Technology has recently learned it received the 2014 Boeing Silver Award. The Boeing Co. issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Muskogee Technology maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014. The awards are presented to companies the following year.

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