Robert Rogers, President
Back in the ’80s, when minority women-owned businesses was a rarity, especially in the aerospace business, Cleo Brager and Sherry Audley of Kansas City founded Mid-State Aerospace (MSA) in 1983 as a hardware distributor offering fasteners such as nuts, bolts, rivets, and clamps for the aerospace sector. The company catered to major airlines and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), including McDonald Douglas (now Boeing), Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Trans World Airlines (TWA). Soon, they expanded the business by venturing into hose fabrication by setting up a hose shop in 1986 in Olathe, Kansas, and began fabricating hose assemblies.
Over the years, with a significant focus on the hose side of the business, MSA has become an FAA-approved full line distributor and fabricator of hose—field-attachable, and crimp fittings—and hose assemblies from the Stratoflex Division of Parker Hannifin. Today, the company is a sought-after provider of aerospace hardware and hose assemblies for commercial and military aerospace, known for providing reliable products and exceptional service.
MSA is a distributor of AN, MS, NAS, BAC hardware, clamps, fittings, bolts, bushings, inserts, nuts, screws, washers, rivets, and Hi-Loks and Cherry installation tools. The company is also a supplier to Textron Aviation, the manufacturer of Beechcraft and Cessna Aircraft, where they provide both production hose assemblies and spares and aftermarket hose assemblies. Whether it's the hardware, fasteners, hose, hose fittings, or quick-disconnect couplings, valves, and swivel joints, MSA's expert team effectively caters to the specific needs of its clients which today, entails OEMs, government agencies, prime defense contractor businesses, and entities such as Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bell Helicopters, Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. Moreover, MSA also assists MROs and airlines with jet segment issues.
Robert Rogers, President at MSA, explains that considering the clients' needs, especially the OEMs, around the on-time delivery of the products, MSA ensures faster delivery and maintains the quality and cost-effectiveness. Being a distributor, MSA enables companies to satisfy their production rounds by effectively assisting them in the smaller quantity runs. When a client approaches MSA with their specifications based upon pressure and product, whether it's an air conditioning line or oxygen/fuel line, MSA effectively handles their requirements to provide the best viable product. "Our expert team understands the manufacturing requirements at the earliest stages, reduces the manufacturing lead time, and successfully improves on the overall manufacturing efficiency of the product," says Rogers.
Aligning with the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on sales and purchase, MSA is building its e-commerce capabilities to better cater to their clients. Through this endeavor, the company aims to enhance its customers’ experience and ease the inventory accessibility, ultimately helping them gain insights on product information and availability and then accordingly make purchases. MSA is redesigning its website to fully launch the eCommerce capabilities and make it user-friendly, for helping its clients' access, search, and identify its inventory for the hose products. Steering ahead, MSA aims to stay abreast of new developments from the manufacturer's side to offer products directly from them alongside adopting their capabilities in-house and reduce the cost for the end-user successfully. The company plans to start fabricating a new hose product by the end of 2020, which is supposed to be more flexible and lightweight but has the same pressure and specification capabilities of an existing hose.