WDC Announces Acquisition of Baker Engineering, Inc.

Feb 27, 2018

Waséyabek Development Company, LLC (WDC) acquired Baker Engineering, Inc. (BEI), located in Nunica, MI.  BEI is an engineering, design, and manufacturing resource for industry and the U.S. Military.  Jack Jerovsek, responsible for growing BEI into the profitable company it is today, will continue to serve as President; leading the day-to-day operations.

As a full-service component part manufacturer, BEI specializes in prototyping and short-to-mid run part production, as well as testing of components and assemblies. For years, BEI has been a research and development (R&D) resource to the U.S. Military and the racing industry. With established expertise in designing, building, and testing new parts and technologies, BEI now takes that same level of precision and sophisticated manufacturing capabilities and provides it to other industries, nationwide.

“Baker Engineering has diverse R&D experience and an innovative approach to solving precision engineering challenges,” WDC President and CEO Deidra Mitchell said. “They employ hands-on engineers that give them the ability to control cost, schedule, and quality on each job, while remaining innovative, responsive, and flexible to customer’s needs.”

This is the fourth acquisition in the WDC portfolio, which now consists of two income properties and two operating companies – both of which operate in the commercial and federal market sectors.

The R&D division provides product design and engineering services for industry as well as the U.S. military. The military applications include unmanned military vehicles for land and ground, drone R&D, as well as automotive and marine engine development for several agencies. These agencies include: The Navy, United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), Air Force Research Laboratory, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). BEI manages the development process from initial concept through detailed design, analysis, prototype manufacturing, and prototype assembly and testing. While much of the development work is focused on engine and propulsion system development, the company’s expertise extends from individual components to other complex moving assemblies and systems.

The precision manufacturing division offers high-precision manufacturing capabilities utilizing Computer Numerical Control machining, milling, turning and honing, as well as 5-axis machining, sheet metal fabrication and welding. In addition to the military and high-performance racing industries, BEI also provides manufactured parts to medical, equipment and furniture producers, among others. In November 2017, BEI received ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certifications. AS9100D is a set of standards for the aerospace industry.

“I see tremendous opportunity for new market development within Baker Engineering,” WDC Board Member Jim Dacey said. “While the company does not currently perform aerospace business, the AS9100D certification coupled with WDC’s Tribal ownership, provides future market expansion opportunities.”

The performance engine sector includes shop services and the Pro/Cam Racing Engine Components product line. Shop services include custom engine builds, upgrades, testing and tuning of high performance vehicles for street, off-road, marine use, drag racing and circle track racing. Upgrades are offered with engines, superchargers, turbochargers, nitrous systems, exhaust systems, transmissions, suspension, handling and cylinder heads. Dynamometers are located on-site to test and tune force and power performance.

“Baker Engineering serves both corporate customers and individuals that range from military suppliers and the U.S. Department of Defense to race teams and street car enthusiasts,” WDC Board Member John Holiday said. “This acquisition will provide a diverse source of jobs and career development opportunities for Tribal Members.”

WDC wishes to thank the WDC Board of Directors, Tribal Council and Tribal Membership for supporting economic development.

Please go to be www.bakerengineeringmfg.com for more information about Baker Engineering and its products and services.

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