Eugene firm made custom parts for SpaceX Falcon Heavy

A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Falcon Heavy, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

EUGENE, Ore. - A Northwest company played a part in the SpaceX launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket.

“Our entire team is incredibly proud of being part of SpaceX’s success,” said Tony Bloom, owner of Eugene-based Mohawk Metal. “While details and precision are always important, I can’t imagine a project that demands more attention to detail than launching a rocket into space.”

Bloom said the company has custom-fabricated components for SpaceX for 2 years.

But the private space company doesn't share with vendors like Mohawk exactly how or where parts are used on rockets and launchpads.

All they know for sure: Parts fabricated by Mohawk Metal were part of the successful launch.

“We’re proud of all our projects big or small," Bloom said, "but there’s something extra special watching SpaceX launches and knowing Mohawk Metal is involved."

The company, found in 1987, employs 120 people in Eugene, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.

The company performs steel processing, steel fabrication and robotic welding for more than a dozen different industries - including space exploration.

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