Upcoming Trade Shows:


CIA&D will be exhibiting at the:


MRO Americas 2018

April 10th-12th at the
Orange County Convention Center,
Orlando, Florida
Booth No. 1971



CIA&D News:


CIA&D Employees Receive IPC J-STD-001 Solder Specialist Certification

October 2017 - CIA&D has added new IPC soldering specialists to the company roster. These team members acquireded the skills and knowledge to successfully manufacture and inspect soldered electrical assemblies to meet our customer’s requirements. [>> More]

CIA&D Becomes a Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Partner

CIA&D Better Plants ProgramJanuary 2016 - Co-Operative Industries Aerospace & Defense has joined The Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants Program). As a participant, CIA&D will be taking part in an initiative in which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works with industry partners in the pursuit of a common goal—to promote greater energy efficiency.  By partnering with DOE and Lockheed Martin’s supply chain initiative, CIA&D hopes to work together to advance energy savings throughout manufacturing supply chains.
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Lockheed Martin Fast Track Ethics Supplier Program

November 18, 2015 - CIA&D has completed participation in the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Control FAST TRACK Ethics Supplier Mentoring Program.






2015 MRO Yearbook: Wired for Safety

MRO Yearbook Wired for SafetyThe integrity of any aircraft’s wiring system is absolutely vital for safe flying. Once overlooked with tragic consequences, wiring harnesses and connectors now receive the crucial attention and maintenance they warrant.

Read the full article as published in the MRO Yearbook 2015, MRO Network’s annual publication for the MRO professional. CIA&D’s CEO Sam Symonds discusses wiring harness safety with Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance's Nick Rice.





WSACC Recognizes CIA&D with Business of the Year Award

CIA&D Business of the YearThe White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce held their 2015 Annual Banquet Saturday February 21 at Hawaiian Falls Aloha Event Center, 8905 Clifford Street. 2015 saw the introduction of a new tiered Business Member of the Year Awards with a Large, Medium and Small Business awards.

The category distinctions were based on the number of employees with large businesses employing 50 or more, medium businesses employing 11 to 49 employees and small businesses employing up to 10 employees. Co-Operative Industries Aerospace & Defense was awarded the 2014 Large Business Member of the Year. CIA&D appreciates the Chamber's support and makes every effort to be an active member within the community.

Helping Homeless Vets

Melissa Harding and Claire Kern (Configuration Management at CIA&D) are doing their part to support homeless veterans in our area. They are leading a program called the Clean Start Initiative (CSI), which collects unused toiletries for donation to Patriot House, a local transitional housing program for veterans.

If you would like to help, you can donate unused toiletries today and help a vet make a clean start. Travel-size and full-size items are welcome. They are primarily looking for: Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap (Bar & Body Wash), Deodorant, Razors, Shaving Cream, Mouthwash, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, and Makeup Removal Wipes.

If you would like to donate any of the above items, please contact Melissa at CleanStartInitiative@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/CleanStartInitiative

Please also spread the word to friends and family who might also be willing to donate. The drive will run through December 18th and then all items will be donated.

Balancing Cost and Customer Service
Sam Symonds

October 2014 - As published on AIA SmartBlog on Leadership, Sam Symonds talks about the challenges facing CIA&D and how he plans to manage them. Sam is president & CEO of Co-Operative Industries Aerospace & Defense (CIA&D), a role he’s held for the past 15 years. Sam began his career in aerospace 35 years ago and has worked for companies such as Simmonds Precision, Hercules Inc., BFGoodrich Aerospace, and Amphenol Aerospace.
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CIA&D recognized for their participation and accomplishments in Lockheed Martin’s Ethics Supplier Mentoring Program
Fort Worth, TX – November 2013 – CIA&D was recognized by Lockheed Martin for their participation in the Ethics Mentoring program. CIA&D, one of seven suppliers from across the country, took part in an ethics exchange program with the Lockheed Martin Ethics & Sustainability group.  Working in partnership with the Aeronautics division, CIA&D established a more robust ethics policy consisting of procedures, communications, and training. [>> More]

Wired for Safety: excerpt from Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance
August-September 2013 issue - The commercial aviation industry is constantly striving to evolve new methods, improve materials and work collectively towards the core priority of flight safety. An average passenger may think of the inherent dangers of flying as being connected to the failure of the substantial elements of an aircraft — the engines, the avionics, the airframe structure itself. It is natural to overlook the less obvious, and largely invisible elements, such as all the wiring that is used in commercial aircraft. [>> More]

Conquering Complexity: reprinted from Assembly Magazine
Designing, assembling and testing aerospace wire harnesses present unique challenges to harness manufacturers. The harnesses are large, heavy and complex. A typical harness might be 40 feet long with hundreds of components and multiple breakouts. Aerospace harnesses must withstand extreme environmental and operating conditions. And, needless to say, they must be extremely reliable. Successful harness manufacturers thrive on meeting these challenges, but doing so requires a qualified and dedicated workforce equipped with the proper tools and latest technologies. [>> More]

CIA&D's F-35 Manufacturing Team Goes Digital
Our F-35 Production group has recently started using tablet-style computers that contain all the process-related information that an operator needs to build an F-35 harness. [>> More]

CIA&D and the White Settlement ISD Education Foundation Board
Join Forces to Support Afghan Troops

Working together, the White Settlement ISD, Education Foundation Board, and CIA&D amassed over 1,374 pounds of personal items for our troops in Afghanistan. These were gathered with the intention of showing support and appreciation for those service men and women serving our country. [>> More]

Lockheed Martin Recognizes Co-Operative Industries Defense
as Small Business Supplier of the Year

In recognition of exemplary dedication and outstanding contributions, Co-Operative Industries Defense received Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Small Business Supplier of the Year Award. This award was given in acknowledgment of Co-Operative Industries’ commitment and dedication to supporting the F-16 and F-35 aircraft development and production. [>> More]

Notice to Customers: CIA&D Changes to a 9/80 Work Schedule
Co-Operative Industries Aerospace and Defense will be moving from a traditional work week to what is commonly referred to as a "9/80" schedule. What this means is that Co-Operative Industries employees will work 80 hours in 9 days, resulting in the facility not being in operation on alternating Fridays. [>> More]

Lockheed Martin Recognizes Co-Operative Industries Defense as
First SDVOSB to Supply F-35 Production Harnesses

Lockheed Martin has accepted first article inspection of the first F-35 production harnesses to be supplied by Co-Operative Industries Defense, LLC. Co-Operative Industries was selected by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Fokker to be the first, and only, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business supplier to manufacture select electrical wiring harnesses for all F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter) derivative aircraft. [>> More]

White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Co-Operative Industries
as 2011 Chamber Business of the Year

Fort Worth, TX – February 2012 – Co-Operative Industries Aerospace & Defense (CIA&D) has been recognized as the White Settlement Area’s Chamber Business of the Year. Sam Symonds, President & CEO, and Jim Green, Chairman, were presented with an award plaque commemorating the achievement. The selection of a Chamber Business Member of the Year is based on a business member’s involvement in our chamber and community.
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Co-Operative Industries Defense Awarded F-35 Contract
Fort Worth, TX – December 2011 – Co-Operative Industries Defense, LLC has been selected by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to be the first Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business to manufacture a portion of the F-35 electrical wiring harnesses for all derivative aircraft.

Co-Operative Industries Aerospace & Defense Achieves AS9100C Quality Registration
Fort Worth, TX – November 2011 – Co-Operative Industries Aerospace & Defense (CIA&D) has achieved AS9100 Rev C certification, which also incorporates the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, for its Fort Worth facilities. Receipt of this certification corroborates CIA&D’s Quality Management System (QMS) as applicable to the manufacturing of electrical wire harnesses, ignition leads, industrial metal hose / conduit, PTFE conduit assemblies, and flexible metal conduit assemblies for the aerospace, space, and defense industries. [>> More]

Co-Operative Industries Aerospace & Defense Expands Manufacturing Capacity
February 2011 - Co-Operative Industries Aerospace & Defense has announced the opening of their new wiring harness manufacturing and Repair Station facility. The newly renovated site allows for improved work flow and long-run, large capacity production of electrical wiring harnesses. [>> More]