About KWD Manufacturing
KWD Manufacturing specializes in the design, fabrication and installation of aerospace ground support equipment (GSE/AGE), aircraft maintenance platforms, and custom aircraft interior conversions. The ability to provide innovative, highly engineered turnkey solutions- as well as the capability to manufacture, prototype and manage projects-sets KWD apart from its competitors. KWD has set the standard for agility and flexibility by providing its customers with products that exceed their expectations in design, cost-effectiveness, quality and delivery. KWD has flawlessly delivered thousands of products to hundreds of customers world-wide, using field-proven techniques and a philosophy of continuous improvement. From concept though development, qualification, manufacturing and installation, KWD is the single source solution for the aerospace industry. The relationship between KWD and each of its customers is synergistic. KWD’s approach to engineering and manufacturing begins with an in-depth understanding of its customer’s operational environment, resulting in a product that adds operational value to the customer.
KWD Manufacturing was founded as a privately held corporation in 1986 with the acquisition of the Ventura Manufacturing Company (formerly a division of the Lockheed Aircraft Company), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. The early mission of KWD focused on the design and manufacture of products in support of the Lockheed Martin C-130 aircraft platform.
The firm has carefully managed project work to ensure growth without the need for outside capital. From these early projects emerged concepts for processes and tools that could be applied to other aircraft platforms and products specifically designed for Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facilities (MRO) and Fixed Base Operations (FBO), as well as airframe, engine and automotive OEM facilities. KWD has devoted its resources to expand its product base to support C-5, C-1 7, C-141, F-16, C-235, C-27, L-1011, KC-135, KC-10, P-3, E2C, T-46 and T6 aircraft platforms.
KWD has evolved from a one platform company to an innovative leader in the design, development and manufacture of diverse products and services catering to the military defense and commercial aviation industries.