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BLUSA Defense Manufacturing was founded in 1990 as a defense manufacturer of built-to-specification mechanical and electromechanical components for the US military and its allies. Based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, the company supplies spare parts to the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Homeland Security, Marine Corps, and Navy as well as turbine parts to industrial and military entities.

BLUSA offers a full range of manufacturing options, from simple to complex components in everything from single units to large-production quantities. The company maintains a library of more than 5 million government and OEM drawings, as well as an extensive parts database, enabling the manufacturer to access and manufacture items across multiple government platforms and cross-reference national stock numbers to part numbers.

The company’s design, engineering, and assembly teams specialize in meeting intricate specifications to support client systems and requirements. BLUSA is also equipped to perform reverse engineering for hard-to-find items.

Machining, Fabrication, and Electronics
BLUSA’s facility features a complete machine shop, including CNC (computer numerical control) and conventional milling, turning, drilling, honing, grinding, wire EDM (electrical discharge machining), and screw machines. It can also perform laser and mechanical engraving, sheet-metal fabrication, and various types of welding, including MIG (metal inert gas), TIG (tungsten inert gas), and spot. The breadth of the company’s work encompasses complex in-house mechanical, optical, and hydraulic assembly projects.

BLUSA’s electronics lab can build and mold various electrical devices, cables, and wire harnesses in addition to populating circuit boards, surface mounts, and through-hole parts and testing all assemblies. The company also distributes bearings, hardware, tools, and other industrial equipment, complete with national stock numbers and manufactured to applicable government specifications.

Humble Beginnings
A family business that began operation in the founder’s basement, BLUSA enjoyed rapid growth by supporting the US Defense Logistics Agency and several clients in Canada. After three years, BLUSA moved its headquarters to a 6,000-sq.-ft. space in Barrington, New Jersey, and expanded again one year later with the purchase of an additional, 120,000-sq.-ft. facility in Camden, New Jersey, to support inventory and new machinery. Most recently, the corporate headquarters moved to a 67,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art facility in Mount Laurel.

BLUSA supports more than 700 customers across various sectors and continues to grow and expand year after year. The manufacturer prioritizes community involvement and actively seeks to employ veterans. It also partners with local colleges in the greater South Jersey area to recruit engineers, technicians, and machine operators.

Rigorous Quality Control
With government contracting comes stringent oversight. BLUSA is ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) registered, EAR (Export Administration Regulations) and DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) compliant, ISO 9001:2015 (quality management systems) compliant, and SAE AS9003A (inspection and test quality systems) certified for the US government and prime contractors; is registered in the US government’s System for Award Management; and is cybersecurity NIST 800-171 compliant. The company is also a US government–approved manufacturer.

Author

  • Jen Boyer

    Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.