We leverage Special Operations combat experience and advanced aerospace engineering to provide a mission advantage to our customers.
The Fulcrum Story
Founded in 2008, Fulcrum Concepts, LLC began as an idea from three “brothers in arms,” who thought they could share what they had learned from their combined years in Army Special Operations Aviation. Scott Richman, Stan Wood, and Mike Zinanni believed their operational experience could inform training for military and law enforcement personnel. Their focus and business plan originated with a services-based agenda; however, it did not take long for others to seek out Fulcrum’s expertise. White papers were written, and products were conceived. It soon became apparent that Fulcrum was really good at problem solving; they not only conceived ideas but also brought those ideas to fruition.
Fulcrum ultimately endeavors to solve complex problems with elegant solutions, making things better for those who deploy in the service of our great nation as well as for allied defenses and commercial customers. When Fulcrum makes an aircraft or a weapon system lighter and at the same time stronger, they are giving the men and women serving our country on the front lines the ability to carry more fuel, to carry more ammunition so that our nation’s warriors can stay in the fight long enough to get the job done and come home safely.
Fulcrum’s customers know the value the company brings to the table – because Fulcrum actually solves problems with advanced engineering and superior integration, repeatedly providing a mission advantage to customers.
Our Team – The Fulcrum Advantage
Every reputable company has that one element that makes them stand out above all the rest. For some, it is an innovation that propels them into the future; for others it’s a gifted visionary who forecasts the next latest and greatest. For Fulcrum Concepts, that unique element is our team of people. They are truly the real Fulcrum Advantage.
Leveraging the operational readiness of our military veterans, who literally have thousands of hours of combat experience, with the cutting-edge talent of our highly capable, professional engineers and support personnel, Fulcrum Concepts consistently provides its customers with an advantage – the advantage to excel over competitors; to get the job done lighter, faster, better; to solve any challenge encountered. Our team makes it a reality – that’s why we call them “The Fulcrum Advantage.”
Fulcrum’s state-of-the-art facility, located at the Middle Peninsula Regional Airport in Mattaponi, Virginia, features 8,800 square feet of office space and a 6,400 square foot hangar. The facility is located on the eastern end of the taxiway and is comprised of office space, a machine shop with 5-axis and 3-axis CNC machines, an avionics shop, an 80 x 80 hangar, and an ATF approved vault. The facility also has a fire suppression system, security system, and auxiliary power system.
In addition to the headquarters facility, Fulcrum acquired an 8,000 square foot warehouse in West Point, Virginia, with additional offices, a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), and paint booth.
Fulcrum maintains a Type 10 Federal Firearms License which authorizes the manufacture, purchasing, and storage of weapons systems and destructive devices to include large automatic weapons such as the M230 30mm, GAU-19, M-134, and M260/M261 Rocket Pods. These weapons can be stored on-site in our ATF approved vault.
Manufacturing and Production
Fulcrum sustains an organic fabrication capability specializing in rapid prototyping, low-rate initial production (LRIP), and fleet fielding of Fulcrum products. Having all aspects of the business in-house, from R&D and testing to manufacturing and production, means the Fulcrum team can efficiently define requirements and then design, analyze, fabricate, assemble, test, qualify, substantiate, and certify a solution that exceeds customer expectations.
Converting data into hardware with fabrication, assembly, and engineering infrastructure all in house, Fulcrum is able to enhance efficiency and control critical path items tied to production. Fulcrum also leverages a team of approved vendors to augment its fabrication capability for those tasks requiring special capabilities or large volume. Fulcrum’s in-house machining capability includes programming tools that are compatible with our engineering tools, enabling us to perform model-based machining. Most of our work involves the machining of various aluminum alloys for aircraft related parts. Our programs are maintained in our configuration management system as part of the data package for each of the components we design and manufacture.
At Fulcrum, we have assembly, sheet metal, inspection, and electrical cabling capabilities, using multiple fixture tables, tooling, and measurement devices to support our technicians as they assemble products to specification. Inspection is a critical, essential role in product development. A fast-paced responsive production team, delivering to the latest customer requirements, needs inspection equipment that is equally responsive. Fulcrum Concepts has implemented the use of a FARO Edge portable coordinate measuring machine for our solution to dimensional metrology, giving our team and our customer base the assurance that products are delivered to specification. Likewise , Fulcrum maintains the design tools and fabrication tools required to fabricate aircraft wiring harnesses. Our technicians have many years of experience building aircraft harnesses to spec.