Our History

In 1966, James H. Nelson was working as a rep for a manufacturing company in Dallas, Texas. When the firm was unable to keep up with demand from the fast-growing aerospace industry, James bought a machine, set it up in his own garage and set his sons, Mike and Spence, to work for the weekend.

That first order sparked an explosion of business for the Nelsons. On May 1st — May Day — of that same year, Mayday Manufacturing soared into the aerospace industry. Over time, Mayday came to be synonymous with the ubiquitous distress signal of aviators.

“If you are having trouble,” James would say, “just call Mayday!”

Brothers Mike and Spence Nelson began Hi-Tech Metal Finishing in 1993 as a captive plating shop in Lewisville, Texas to serve Mayday Manufacturing. Hi-Tech grew to serve outside manufactures and OEMs.

In 2016 Mayday Manufacturing and Hi-Tech Metal Finishing were acquired by Esco Technologies (NYSE:ESE), a global provider of highly engineered products and solutions serving diverse and growing end-markets including the aerospace, space, wireless, consumer electronics and electric utility industries.

Mayday Manufacturing is part of the Aerospace & Defense Division which provide innovative solutions essential to the aerospace, space, defense and industrial markets. The combined technical capabilities and resources of Crissair, Inc., PTI Technologies Inc., Westland Technologies, Inc. and VACCO Industries enable the group to provide highly engineered fluid control solutions for mission critical systems.

Mayday Manufacturing is proud to be part of Esco Technologies and looks forward to continued growth in the aerospace industry.

In January of 2022 Hi-Tech Metal Finishing was absorbed by Mayday and is now the Processing Division of Mayday Manufacturing.

Our Team

Mayday Manufacturing was founded in 1966 to provide the highest quality precision aircraft parts. Over the past five decades, our expertise has only grown. Today our staff are highly skilled producers of bushings, sleeves, pins, spacers and more; compliance experts capable of certifying our parts in-house; and manufacturing professionals focused on reducing lead time through vertical integration.

Compliance Certifications

Mayday Manufacturing has generations of experienced manufacturing professionals; we have grown along with the aerospace and commercial aviation industries for nearly 50 years. As the industry became more tightly regulated, and the needs of commercial and military aerospace manufacturing became more demanding, Mayday lead the way in producing precision machined parts that comply with regulations and exceed expectations. Mayday and our sister company, Hi-Tech Metal Finishing, are certified under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in compliance with ISO 9001 and AS9100, the globally recognized standards for quality assurance. Additionally, Mayday and Hi-Tech have been certified under the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) to test and validate the compliance of our parts with OEM and regulatory guidelines in-house. This critical distinction saves our customers time and money, and opens the door for Mayday to continue discovering innovative approaches to manufacturing aircraft parts.

Become a Part of the Mayday Team!

Become a Part of the Mayday Team!

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.