LAI International Newsletter – January 2018

Starting the Year Strong!

LAI International kicked off the New Year with Sales and Leadership Team Summits during the first two weeks of January, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

During the first week, we held the Sales Summit. It was a time for the Business Development team to come together in a planning session to provide the strategies, tools, and motivation necessary to help LAI’s team achieve its goals for growth in the coming year. It was an efficient and successful week of planning.

The following week, we held our Leadership Team Summit. During that week, we developed solutions, introduced new strategies, and fueled collaboration across the company. We also took the time to align our leaders with our goals and objectives that are focused on our Customers and on providing them with better value than in prior years. 

We always invest in training our team to provide better interaction in areas of contract and business development as we strive to constantly improve our Customers’ experience.


Wishing you a prosperous 2018!

Michael Koesling

Vice President of Engineering & Sales

Our Customers Have Spoken and We’re Delivering!

2018 is shaping up to be a banner year for LAI International! Aerospace industries top manufacturers have paid attention to our track record of producing high-quality, highly-engineered products, rewarding us with several long-term purchase orders and contracts. We’re meeting this growth opportunity head on with the drive and commitment industry leaders have come to expect.


We are excited to announce the opening of our new 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Tempe, AZ with a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 30.  


“In addition to the cornerstone program that enabled this expansion, LAI will be expanding capabilities to support our Additive Manufacturing offerings. We will provide customers better turnaround times to minimize their need to have extra inventory on the assembly lines. This is one of the key benefits our customers see with leveraging Additive Manufacturing technology-shrinking the time to complete the complete value stream,” said Mike Koesling, LAI’s Vice President of Engineering.

The Journey to Metal Additive Manufacturing Production

By Caitlin Oswald and Adam Rivard, Additive Manufacturing Specialists at LAI International

Once in a while a technology comes up that has the potential to revolutionize an industry.  Even rarer is a technology with the potential to revolutionize manufacturing as a whole Additive manufacturing holds that promise.  


The layer based approach to building parts has been around for nearly 30 years, dating back to the first polymer machines in the 1980’s, but it was rarely found outside of specialized labs in established companies.  

LAI International Charity Golf Tournament

We will be hosting our first annual LAI International Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday, January 30th. The event will be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ and will benefit St. Mary's Food Bank and United Way. 

Participants will be coming from around the country to take part in LAI's efforts to give back to the community.  It will be a great kick-off to an exciting week in the Valley. On Wednesday, January 31, CEO & President PJ Gruetzmacher will be playing in the Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am with an entertaining group of pros and celebrities. 

Have You Watched Our New Manufacturing 4.0 Video?

If you haven’t watched our new video yet, just click here or on the video image. It is a fascinating glimpse into LAI’s cutting-edge production facilities, process, and people.

We’re on Twitter!

Follow @LAIINTL on Twitter to stay up to date with important industry information, event reminders, and the latest trends in additive manufacturing. Follow us by clicking the image.

We’re on LinkedIn!

LAI’s LinkedIn pages are the hub for the latest updates and trends within the manufacturing industry. Follow us as we attend industry events, and post articles on cutting-edge technology. Connect with both of our LinkedIn pages, @LAI International, Inc. and @LAI's Additive Manufacturing Technology.

About LAI International

LAI International is a premier provider of highly-engineered, mission-critical components since 1937.  We help OEMs meet production goals by delivering high quality complex components on time, every time, at the right value.

We specialize in serving top-tier Customers from the most demanding industries, such as:

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Medical device
  • Energy/Power/Water
  • Industrial

Through decades of delivery performance fueled by our culture of innovation and exceptional engineering, LAI specializes in the core phases of the product lifecycle, from R&D (Research & Development) to NPI (New Product Introduction), LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) and FRP (Full Rate Production). In addition, we are experts in cutting edge technologies, as demonstrated by becoming the first ever NADCAP certified Additive Manufacturer in the world.