Icon Aircraft moves production work to Tijuana
Icon Aircraft will open a composite parts facility in Tijuana, Mexico, to support final assembly of its two-seat A5 amphibious airplanes in Vacaville, California, the company announced recently.
Outside suppliers had been tasked with producing composite airframe components for the A5 until Icon decided in May to bring the work in house.
The new 300,000-square-foot Icon factory in Mexico, which could eventually employ 1,000 workers, is set to open in November and be completely up and running by early next year, Kirk Hawkins, founder and CEO of the California company said.
“Icon will own or control all manufacturing operations related to its composite fabrication in Mexico,” said Hawkins. “Parts will be made on Icon tooling, by Icon processes, to Icon standards, in Icon facilities. These parts were previously outsourced to non-Icon suppliers but will now be insourced under Icon’s direct control.”