Micro Craft Inc.
When hundreds of millions of dollars are riding on a single test for an aircraft prototype, the aerospace industry turns to Micro Craft Inc. – experts in test hardware and wind tunnel models. “The largest wind tunnel complex in the world is nearby,” CEO Jim Herron says. “It is owned and operated by the U.S. Air Force and it’s extremely expensive to run. There is a lot riding to make sure the model hardware doesn’t fail.”
Charles Folk founded the Tullahoma, Tenn.-based company in 1958 as a provider of complex wind tunnel models and other specialty hardware. The company grew quickly through the 1990s, employing as many as 1,100 people and operating 14 sites. After a brief ownership by an investment group, Micro Craft was acquired in 2003 by a large business.