Kittyhawk Products is one of the newest companies in the Canby industrial park, operating out of a a 27,000-square-foot facility they purchased and renovated on South Redwood Street next to Canby Utility.
Kittyhawk is a pioneer and leader in Hot Isostatic Pressing, or HIP, a process in which metals, ceramics or carbides are simultaneously subjected to extremely high heat and pressure, which the company says results in “startling improvements” to the materials’ mechanical properties.
Kittyhawk says the process is also used for “diffusion bonding similar and dissimilar materials and for applying wear or corrosion resistant coatings to parts exposed to stringent operating conditions.”
We originally understood this to mean that they work with vibranium like Black Panther’s suit and Captain America’s shield.
In our interview last month with Kittyhawk’s president, Brandon Creason, he explained very simply that what their process actually does is take very high-value components in the aerospace, commercial, military, automotive, firearms, medical, oil and gas industries, and makes them even better.
Their clients include Honeywell, UTI Aerospace Systems, G.E., Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls Royce. (But we still sort of believe Black Panther is somehow involved.)
The company recently announced that it had been awarded Nadcap® accreditation for heat treating and HIP at its Canby facility. Created in 1990, Nadcap® is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute and is designed to provide “a standardized approach to quality assurance” while reducing redundant auditing throughout the aerospace industry.
The company has been Nadcap-accredited since 2014, but is honored to now add the Canby facility, which just came online three months ago.
“We at Kittyhawk are proud to share this achievement, said Creason. “Our commitment to better serve our customers with a new facility in the Pacific Northwest is a huge leap for our company.”
The company says it received the accreditation for “demonstrating their ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications.”
Hear more about Kittyhawk Products’ new Canby facility in Episode 131: 2020, Here We Come!
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