Tool Gauge, a manufacturer of plastic and metal assemblies for the aerospace industry, has announced today the expansion of its Tacoma manufacturing facility.

The new site, which will be developed on current and newly purchased property, will nearly double from 49,000 square feet currently to approximately 94,000 square feet. Groundbreaking is expected by the end of 2017, with the facility being operational in early 2019.

A release from the company estimates the investment in the expansion at $5-7 million. The new facility will house additional injection molding equipment, expanded secondary operations, in-house paint and media blasting, expanded plastics machining capabilities, expanded administrative offices, and improved environmental features.

“This brand-new future manufacturing facility embodies our relentless pursuit of technology innovation and will lead to the creation of 50 to 100 jobs over the next five years,” said Debbie Lee, CEO of Tool Gauge.

“This expansion in Pierce County is a testimony to the dynamic fabric of our aerospace cluster which is strengthening communities all over the state by providing good jobs and new business opportunities,” added Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “Tool Gauge is one of over 450 companies that have used State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) export assistance from Commerce over the years to help grow their business through international marketing at events such as AIX in Hamburg.”