Facing COVID-19 and Industry Disruption

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 8:00am to 9:00am

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Facing COVID-19 and Industry Disruption: An Interactive Discussion with A&D Santa Clarita Businesses

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa Clarita Valley Aerospace & Defense businesses are faced with unprecedented challenges to maintain profitable operations and keep its workforce safe and productive. We are pleased to host an interactive panel with executive leaders from top local aerospace businesses and will discuss lessons learned and areas of focus that each business has adapted to remain viable long term through perseverance, flexibility and focus.

The discussion will be moderated by Holly Schroeder, CEO, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation and Robert Gleason, Chapter Chair, Santa Clarity Valley, The Aerospace Defense Forum. The Q&A session will include the following major topics:

  • COVID-19 Safety Protocols (testing, PPE)

  • Business Continuity

  • Workforce Flexibility (telecommuting, work hours, etc.)

  • Impact of Commercial Downturn


Brian Williams is CEO of Avantus Aerospace.

Avantus Aerospace, formerly Shimtech Group, is a family of (7) Aerospace & Defense businesses and (1) Industrial Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions business. It's operation in Valencia, CA named Lamsco West, Inc. is the largest single manufacturer of shims and laminated shim stock in the world. Lamsco holds approvals from all North American airframe manufacturers and their major tier one suppliers and has particular expertise in managing complex, high-volume logistics, including EDI-controlled min/max systems.

Michael Alfred is President of Crissair Inc.

Crissair is a manufacture of quality aircraft fluid control components for the aerospace and defense industry. With a dedicated state-of-the-art engineering test lab, development and qualification testing proceed without interruption to or from the everyday production workflow. Crissair operates an AS9100 77,000 square-foot facility in Valencia, CA.

Eric Jensen is Vice President at Fralock Inc.

Fralock is a design, engineering and manufacturing company of specialty components and subassemblies for technically advanced OEM's in a variety of markets including Aerospace, Life Science, Medical, Satellite, and Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing. Fralock operates an AS9100, 68,000 sq.ft., state-of-the-art facility in Valencia, CA.


Holly Schroeder is CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation

Robert Gleason is Chapter Chair of the Santa Clarita Valley Chapter, The Aerospace Defense Forum

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