Scojet opened its doors 2001 in Augusta, GA under the name Spline Designs, Inc., as a design and consulting service to help companies with product design and development. Our first customer was John Deere, quickly followed by Club Car and EZGo.
2004 For the next four years we continued to grow and add clients.
The one thing our customers continued to ask for was manufactured components. We were approached by a company asking to help them design an off-road go-kart and utility vehicle. This company did all their manufacturing overseas. Traveling to both Taiwan and China, we made many new connections in several factories.
This gave us the opportunity to expand from just a design company into a manufacturing company as well. It was at this time we began evaluating and qualifying suppliers so we could now offer international manufacturing services to customers looking to compete globally.
We felt we should have a second business setup to handle the sourcing and logistics side of the business so we named the new entity Global Reach Trading Company, Inc.
By 2008 our international manufacturing unit had far surpassed the revenue generated by our design business and we realized we were able to use the engineering group as way to support the manufacturing group.
It was also at this time we realized how much we were missing out on manufacturing business because certain projects required a shorter logistics chain then we could provide from overseas, so we expanded again.
The first thing we did was merge the two independent companies under the present name, Scojet, Inc. The second thing we did was purchase our first CNC swiss screw machine to begin machining components in our Augusta, GA facility. The third thing was to assist our partner in China to open a factory to produce mechanical control cables for the lawn and garden, outdoor powersports and automotive industries.
2010 was another banner year in which we purchased our second CNC swiss screw machine and again partnered to begin operations of our injection mold making, plastic and rubber part factory Ningbo Yiyi Electrical Co. Ltd.
2011 we added a Mori Seiki VMC, 3DSystems Projet 1500 rapid prototype machine and a Mercedes Sprinter cargo van for handling shipments and materials. We also began our search for a new place to call home because we had out grown our current facility.
2012 we met with several economic development groups in Georgia over a span of several months and it became clear that Brunswick and the Glynn County Development Authority were very interested in bringing more manufacturing to the area. We found a place that provided great quality of life to our current and future employee’s with it’s open beaches and relaxed coastal atmosphere.
October 2012 we relocated our facility and 7 of our 8 employee’s moved with us to our current location in Brunswick, GA. Within one month we had the opportunity to work with the worlds second largest aerospace forging manufacturer and signed a 5 year MOU to do preheat treat and sonic shape machining of forgings for the aerospace and wind turbine industries.
2013 we saw the first two Doosan VTL1214 vertical turning lathes with 40” chucks installed as well as a 2 ton bridge crane and a new forklift to move the large diameter forgings around the facility. We also saw the number of employees double from 8 to 16 as we expanded our operations to 5 days a week 24 hours a day. Another addition was a Hardinge Talent 8/52 horizontal lathe to provide CNC turning operations.
2014 started on a positive note as we received our ISO9001 and AS9100 certification in March. It was to be a record year and led by the growth in our machining business. Our successful machining of the initial aerospace parts allowed us to expand the number of parts we are certified to make from the initial 9 to 32.
2015 brought one of the worlds largest outdoor power product manufacturers to our door. Our first project was to die cast a high rpm magnesium component that remains balanced even under harsh abusive conditions with units totaling over 200K a year. We added another 5 aerospace parts to our certified list. This year we also started building a training program to help us start developing new machinists to fuel our continued growth as we look to add additional machining centers in 2016.
2016 is shaping up to be another great year. 3 years into a 5 year MOU our customer asked us to renew our agreement 2 years early, giving us another 5 years of aerospace machining business with an auto renewal for another 2 years. Our ISO9001 and AS9100 certification audit went flawless with no findings. We are looking to add two additional machining centers to meet the demands of our new aerospace contract.