M.C. Gill Corporation was founded on September 11, 1945 by Merwyn C. (MC) Gill, in a garage in Montebello, California.
The company's initial focus was to market post-war consumer items, such as laminated place mats, lamp shades, and plastic wall coverings. We even tried a balsa wood bat with cork balls in an effort to tap into the post war baby boom that was coming.
After seven years of struggling, the focus of the business changed to light-weight, high-specific strength, corrosion-resistant materials being used in the aircraft industry. A transition was made away from consumer products into the then new world of Composites.
M.C. Gill Corporation became a principal supplier to Douglas Aircraft, supplying cargo compartment liner, in kit form, for the DC-6.
By the late 1950s, we had developed a new cargo liner laminate that was vastly superior to what was being installed by the airplane manufacturers. Gilliner 1066 became so successful that throughout the airline industry baggage compartment liners were referred to as "Gilliner". Since that time the corporation has produced and put into service more aircraft cargo liner laminates than any other manufacturer.
In the mid-1960s, when spiked heels on women's shoes became popular, the corporation developed a line of floor panels that would withstand the high loading that those shoes produced. We began selling this flooring to the airlines as replacement flooring and used that as a springboard to enter the aircraft flooring business in a big way. We are currently qualified to all Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier floor panel specifications. In the 1970s the corporation began experimenting with low smoke cargo liner and became the first company to successfully develop low smoke laminate, which it continues to sell today.
In the 1980s, aramid honeycomb became the core of choice and the corporation developed its own product. In the early 90s the honeycomb was approved by Boeing and an order was placed. Since then we have continuously supplied some form of honeycomb to Boeing. Also in the 1980s, the corporation adopted the philosophy of vertically integrating our production and began making our own prepregs and adhesives, thus controlling our supply chain.
In the late 90s and early 2000s the company made 3 acquisitions and currently has divisions in California, Maryland, Northern Ireland and France. Maryland and France make aluminum honeycomb and convert it, along with aramid honeycomb, into nacelle blankets for jet engines. The Northern Ireland division is a warehouse for our products as well as a fabricator of floor panels for various aircraft. Our other California division makes metal sub-assemblies for commercial and military aircraft.
The success and longevity of the corporation is based on its two guiding principles: make a quality product and do whatever needs to be done to make the customer happy.
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