Vertical Integration Means Cost, Quality Control At Piper

Credit: Piper builds aircraft on a made-to-order basis to avoid building up too much inventory. Production begins with a roll of sheet metal: Molly McMillin
VERO BEACH, Florida – Inside Piper Aircraft’s factory here, 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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