Contract Manufacturing for
the Aerospace & Defense Industry

Specializing in complex machined parts and mechanical assemblies for Space Flight and Ground Support programs.

ISO 9001:2015

ITAR Registered


Rev D Certified


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40+ Years of Legacy Knowledge

Nichols Mfg Inc (NMI) was founded in 1979 and is an ITAR Registered, ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100 Rev D Certified (Quality Management System), contract manufacturing company that specializes in complex machined parts and mechanical assemblies for Space Flight, Ground Support, and multiple Ballistic programs as well as Turnkey OEM Mfg for various Mil-Spec and Custom Designed Firearms Components. Our legacy, knowledge, understanding of the manufacturing process, and commitment to excellence with the highest quality standards enable us to meet and exceed our customer’s expectations.

As an industry leader, NMI has maintained a Gold Star Quality rating for over 30 years with companies like Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, ATK, NASA, and many more. We strive for perfection, on-time delivery, competitive pricing, understand our customer’s needs & look forward to continued mission success.

Our Mission

Nichols Mfg Inc is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest industry standards through continued process improvements, responsible environmental initiatives, and lean manufacturing practices. It is our mission to exceed the expectations of our customers as we strive toward continuous perfection as an industry leader in Flight, Ground Support, and Weapon Systems Components.

Aerospace & Defense Programs and NMI Partnerships

Strategic Aerospace & Defense Programs Include

  • Collins Aerospace Avionics Systems for F15,
    F18, and F35 fighter jet programs.

  • Lockheed MartinSpace-Based Infrared System (SBIRS).

  • NASA/Lockheed Martin International Space Station.

  • NASA Ames Research Center's Biosciences Rodent Experiment Program

  • US MarineCorpsP7 Amphibious Assault Vehicle

  • NASA Orion Crew Vehicle Program.

  • Lockheed Martin GPS Satellite Program

  • Lockheed Martin/ US Navy Trident C4 & D5 Fleet
    Ballistic Missile Programs

  • SLAC Linear Accelerator Refit Program

  • Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Parts Program

US MarineCorpsP7 Amphibious Assault Vehicle
Collins Aerospace Avionics Systems for F15, F18, and F35 fighter jet programs
Lockheed MartinSpace-Based Infrared System (SBIRS)
NASA Orion Crew Vehicle Program
NASA/Lockheed Martin International Space Station
Lockheed Martin GPS Satellite Program
NASA Ames Research Center's Biosciences Rodent Experiment Program
Lockheed Martin/ US Navy Trident C4 & D5 Fleet
Ballistic Missile Programs
SLAC Linear Accelerator Refit Program
Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Parts Program


International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

As a Provider of Defense Contract Manufacturing services, Nichols Mfg maintains registration with the US Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. In order to maintain compliance with all applicable provisions of the Arms ExportControl Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms RegulationsPart 122(ITAR 122), Nichols Mfg holds ITAR Registrant code M31835.

AS9100D / ISO 9001 (QMS Certification)

Nichols Manufacturing utilizes a quality management system certified to the current AS9100 /ISO 9001 standard as required for Aerospace and Defense customers. Nichols Mfg. Is certified by BSI America, the US division of the British Standardization Institute. Annual audits are conducted to ensure continued compliance with all aspects of the AS9100 /ISO 9001 QMS certification standard. These standards are applied to our defense and aerospace customers. Nichols has maintained compliance with no major discrepancies found by the QMS auditor.

AS9100 Aerospace & Defense Services

Build-to-Print Contract Manufacturing

Nichols Manufacturing is a premier build-to-print contract manufacturer that strives for 100% ZD, (Zero Defect) parts that meet all blueprint and customer requirements and specifications.

In-Process Inspection

As part of Nichols Mfg's quality assurance and control processes, we perform an in-process inspection at each production operation. In the event that our customer does not set an inspection lot size, Nichols Mfg will use the lot size standards based on ANSIz1.4-2003(R2018) inspection lot size standard. AS9102FAI Reports are also available upon program request along with our standard100% Bubble DWG CriticalFeature Inspection Report, (derived from customer- supplied DWG), Material and C-of-C’s are also available upon request.

Production Parts

Nichols Manufacturing can handle complex single-piece part orders as well as large lot sizes of several hundred parts. The same quality assurance and control checks are performed throughout the production process for single-part orders as well as high-volume production runs.

Fixtures & Tooling

Nichols Manufacturing designs and provides engineered build-to-print tooling and fixturing in support of our customer's strategic program needs.

Non-AS9100 Services

Nichols Manufacturing also provides machining services for the medical industry, in addition to the following:

Welding & Repair

Nichols Manufacturing has the ability to perform welding and repair services across several industries including ground support equipment, marine, and various other industries.

Fixtures & Tooling

Nichols Manufacturing has the ability to produce custom in-house tooling and fixturing to support in-house manufacturing, in-process inspection, and assembly work.

Production Parts

Nichols Manufacturing also provides non-AS9100 parts to several commercial and government customers. Due to the Non-AS9100 requirements of these customers, Nichols Mfg has provided assistance with part and product design.

Machining, Assembly & Inspection Equipment and Capabilities

  • Rapid Prototyping andProduction

  • Reverse Engineering Services and Mfg Design Consultation

  • DesignEngineeringServices

  • 3-Axis CNC Milling & Machining

  • 4th Axis CNC Milling & Machining

  • 5th Axis CNC Milling & Machining

  • CNC Turning/ Milling

  • CNC 3D Complex Surface Milling

  • CNC Turning

  • Surface Grinding

  • Starrett CMM Machine

  • Keyence IM Instant MeasurementSystem

  • Full library of standard and custom made Inspection Tools, (Calibrated & Certified)

  • Optical Comparator

  • Complex Mechanical Assemblies for Fixtures
    & Tooling Applications

  • Helicoil / HardwareInstallation

  • Welding and Fabrication / Assemblies

  • Additive Manufacturing Capacity

  • Ink part marking, laser markingor mac

Materials & Finishes: (All U.S. Domestic)

  • Aluminum: 6061, 7075, 7050,
    2024, 5052

  • Stainless Steel: 17-4 SST, 15-5SST, 18-8, SST, 303SST, 304 SST, 440 C SST, 416 SST 2024, 5052

  • Titanium 6AL-4V

  • Various Steel Alloy
    (Cold Rolland Hot Roll)

  • Brass

  • Copper

  • Plastics: G10, Ultem, Delrin, Nylon, Phenolic, ABS, Torlon, Polycarb, PEEK, Teflon

  • Bead Blast

  • Tumble

  • Graining

  • Anodize per Mil-A-8625, Type II or Type III, Hard (Available in Multiple Colors)

  • Chem Film / Alodine per Mil-DTL-5541 (Clear or Gold)

  • Cerakote

  • Passivate

  • Electroless Nickel

  • Tiodize, Canadize

  • Graining

  • Black Oxide

  • Black Nitride

  • DLC and PVD

  • Zinc

  • Mil-SpecPrimer/Paint

Request A Quote

Nichols Manufacturing is an on-branded contract manufacturer dedicated to large-run manufacturing for our OEM and large-volume partners. We are not a dealer, retail, or consumer direct outlet, and do not make custom one-off parts. If you need a precision manufacturing partner, please call us, email us or submit the form below with more detail and we will provide assistance. Thank you!

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