As Manufacturing Expands, So Does Helander

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Wed, Apr 11, 2012

Helander Blog5With so much talk of U.S. manufacturing in the news lately, it’s difficult to understand how some pundits can continue to roll their eyes at the return of factories an industry to a key role, if not a backbone position, in our economy. As this Tulsa World article discusses, the purpose of committing to strengthening and supporting U.S. manufacturing isn’t to instantly transform manufacturing from an afterthought back to the behemoth that it once was. Rather, politicians and corporations are taking notice of the fact that though overlooked, in many ways, U.S. manufacturing never truly went away. More difficult to overlook? The fact that in the face of still-discouraging overall unemployment, manufacturing has led the way as a source for jobs and a way to spur vocational training. In fact, in January 2012, manufacturing accounted for a full 20% of all new jobs created.

We at Helander Spinning have been watching –and participating in – these developments with great interest. In fact, we’re riding that wave of expansion by opening up a new CNC machinist and maintenance technician position, which we’re still looking to fill. As specialists in hydroforming, we offer a great way to get involved in one of the most exciting machining technologies, working on components for projects like the Boeing Dreamliner.  As U.S. manufacturing continues to expand, Helander is following suit. Want to get involved or learn more? Contact us at or 630.268.9292. 

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Tags: Metal Spinning, manufacturing, boeing

Dreamliners, Hydroforming and Helander

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Thu, Feb 02, 2012

The new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is like nothing you’ve ever seen. It’s a super-efficient airplane that uses 20% less fuel than any other plane in its class. Did we mention that it does this with a range of 8,500 nautical miles while carrying up to 290 passengers? It’s the plane of the future because it saves fuel while helping handle the ever increasing number of domestic and international air passengers.  It sounds so exciting that it might even be worth planning a vacation around riding in one.

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It should come as no surprise that everyone at Helander is excited about the new Dreamliners. Our excitement not only comes from how cool the new planes sound, it also comes from the fact that we’re experts in hydroforming and it just so happens that hydroforming  is one of the best ways to produce parts for aerospace products. Because of the recent growth in larger aerospace projects like the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners, Helander has been busy upgrading our already impressive hydroforming capabilities. On February 15th, we will be adding a 20” hydroform machine – our third hydroform overall, and our very first 20” one – which will give us the ability to handle an even  larger volume of orders. Keep checking our blog and website to learn more about our new completely custom rebuilt 20” hydroform machine and how it can help you stay at the forefront of aerospace technology. And if anyone gets to take a ride in a Dreamliner, take some pictures and we will share them with our readers!                                             Learn About Our Services


Tags: hydroforming, aerospace industry, boeing