Walt and Maxine Votaw did not envision their small company, Votaw Precision Technologies, as a major contributor to the aerospace industry when they opened their doors on April 1, 1963, in a rural area of Santa Fe Springs, California. With three employees, Votaw Precision tackled its first job for ITT Cannon.
By 1984, Votaw had expanded to 150 employees and was nationally recognized as a premier manufacturing facility engaged in the design and production of precision components, fixtures, tools, ground support equipment, pressure vessels and other related items for the aerospace and commercial industries. Votaw’s efforts were contributing to nationally significant projects such as Wrap Mandrels for the Space Shuttle SRB’s, Pusher Sleds for Test Rockets, Fuel Handling Containers, Pressure Vessels, Large Mandrels, Oil Field Equipment and a Multi-Mirror Telescope for the Smithsonian Institute.
In 2003, Scott Wallace a 27 year employee was named President of Votaw Precision Technologies. Votaw’s teaming spirit is exemplified by its founders, Walt & Maxine Votaw. Walt passed away in September 2009.
Recent projects at Votaw have included various flight components and tools for the Space Launch System Program. Votaw fabricated each of the Forward, Center and Aft Cores which provide the grain structure for the Solid Rocket Booster. Votaw currently machines very tight tolerance nozzle components for the SLS which included Throat Support Housings, Forward End Rings, Forward Exit Cones and Nose Inlet Housings. In addition, Votaw has machined many Secondary Snubber Ring segments. Sixty tools were designed and fabricated in support of the SLS Nozzle Program. In record time, Votaw designed and manufactured 7 Master Gauges and 11 Drill Jigs.
As a result of Votaw’s excellent performance and working relationship with ATK’s team, Votaw was recently recognized by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. On September 25, 2008, at Marshall’s annual Advocates Award ceremony, Votaw Precision Technology was chosen Small Business Subcontractor of the Year in the Prime Contractor Subcontractor Awards category for providing exceptional contributions to the ARES I first-stage contract. Votaw was nominated by its prime contractor, ATK Launch Systems. This honor was accepted by all of Votaw’s employees in recognition of the true teaming spirit required to provide this level of service.
Votaw Precision Technologies currently occupies 240,000 square feet of work space and employs 130 workers. Continuing Walt and Maxine’s tradition, it still strives to maintain the straightforward and efficient policies that gave rise to its profitability in its earliest days. “Technical excellence and reliability remain our goals,” says Wallace. “Votaw’s future, like its past, is tied to our ability to deliver a quality product to our customers at a fair price and on time. Our strength is our people and our company motto is “Mission Success Begins Here.”