By Michael Gallagher
There are a handful of companies in the air ambulance equipment industry — so what makes Spectrum Aeromed stand out? Since joining the team in 2011, I’ve learned a few things about what makes this company unique, and why it works so well.
Staying Small (but playing large): We’re a small company that operates in a big way. We currently have 26 employees and we don’t aim to grow those numbers. But we’re looking to grow in other ways by constantly striving to get better at what we do.
Being small means we’re very agile and can move fast. We can customize projects and products that customers need, and we’re not afraid to try new projects, new products, and new customers. As a bigger company, these types of changes would take much more time and be near impossible. Instead, we’re a tight-knit team of top-notch experts that can make decisions quickly and effectively.
FAA and AS9100C (more than just acronyms): Another great aspect of our company is that we have great relationships with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offices in Minneapolis and Chicago. We send a lot of projects to their desks and they recognize our work.
We also have our AS9100C certification. This certifies that our business practices meet international standards, and shows that we can deliver high quality products in a consistent manner. We put processes in place to ensure this, which can be seen as unusual for a company of our size, and we maintain this certification year to year. When large companies call us, the first thing they want to know is if we are AS9100C certified. We are proud to say yes. It gives our customers from around the world the confidence that we will follow through on what we promise.
Fargo (not the movie): Our company could be located anywhere around the world; but our home base is in the small city of Fargo, North Dakota. We’ve found there is a strong presence of small manufacturing companies in this area of the country, due in part to it being a capital for agriculture. We often hire graduates from the engineering department at nearby North Dakota State University, and many of them grew up on farms in the region. As a result, our team is made up of friendly folks with strong North Dakota work ethic and years of experience with assembly and manufacturing. At Spectrum Aeromed we’re not working with tractors, but assembling high quality air ambulance equipment requires much of the same technical skill. This kind of expertise ensures that, although our headquarters are in a city with a population less than 130,000, we have hundreds of customers around the entire globe. Yeah sure, you betchya.
We are a small organization, but we play on the world stage. Our big ideas and efficient processes have earned us global respect, and that is something that makes me proud to see. With our streamlined team of experts, in our humble but hardworking headquarters in Fargo, we’re focused on being the best provider of air ambulance equipment in the world.
Interested in learning more? Connect with one of our sales representatives and see how we can help with your project.
Michael Gallagher joined Spectrum Aeromed in 2011 as Project Manager and currently serves as VP-Director of Production. In this role he leads the Production, Purchasing, Project Management, and Customer Service teams in a mission to delight our customers with world-class products and service.