TRM Microwave, a manufacturer of custom RF microwave components for the defense and aerospace industry, broke ground on a 13,696-square-foot, two-story addition to its headquarters in Bedford in late April. The expanded space, built by Sullivan Construction of Bedford, will provide additional manufacturing and production capacity.
Janelle Gorman, CFO of TRM, says by nearly doubling its space, TRM gains increased capabilities and efficiency. “It is bold to move forward,” she says “And we thought it through very diligently. But aerospace is fast-paced, cutting edge, and the technology we are creating is very complex, part of huge projects. Long-term we do project growth … we are proud to continue expanding. There’s no crystal ball, but we feel confident.”
Moving forward with the addition is also a way for TRM to support the local economy by continuing with construction, says Gorman. The project is expected to be completed by October and should add another 10 positions over the next 12 months in addition to TRM’s six current openings.
“We are deemed a critical supplier to the defense industry so we are expected to maintain normal operations, produce our products and get them to customers on time,” Gorman says, noting the company is also taking steps to keep its employees safe during the COVID-19 crisis. She says that about one third of the 68-person workforce is operating remotely and those remaining onsite have workspaces that are reconfigured to provide maximum physical distance.
“We have also procured the necessary protective equipment, not just to use at work. Commuters have to buy gas, and you can’t always wash your hands at gas stations,” says Gorman. “We are thinking beyond our facility to keep our employees safe whenever and wherever possible.” That includes video conferences, making signs of support and delivering snacks to first responders and other front-line workers. For more information, visit trmmicrowave.com.
Due to a reporter’s error, when this article ran in our May issue, remarks made by Janelle Gorman, CFO, where attributed to Wendy Tirollo, owner and CEO.