Piper Stresses Vertical Integration Model

Credit: Molly McMillin/AW&ST
Inside Piper Aircraft’s factory in Vero Beach, Florida, a roll of aluminum comes in one door and a new Piper M500, Archer or Seminole rolls out another. In between, Piper buys only a limited amount from outside suppliers. “We are probably the only aircraft manufacturer that I would say is 100%...

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