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070: AJ Hartman details how he transitioned from working at a body shop to manufacturing composite aero parts

070: AJ Hartman details how he transitioned from working at a body shop to manufacturing composite aero parts

Released Monday, 1st August 2016
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070: AJ Hartman details how he transitioned from working at a body shop to manufacturing composite aero parts

070: AJ Hartman details how he transitioned from working at a body shop to manufacturing composite aero parts

070: AJ Hartman details how he transitioned from working at a body shop to manufacturing composite aero parts

070: AJ Hartman details how he transitioned from working at a body shop to manufacturing composite aero parts

Monday, 1st August 2016
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AJ didn’t really come from an automotive enthusiast family. But when his older brother purchased a white Fox Body Mustang, AJ immediately fell in love. During high school, he began working at a collision business and began working on cars. He worked there for 6 years and picked up body work pretty quickly. After that, he got an associate’s degree in automotive technology and got a total of 8 ASE certifications. He began working at Pep Boys but quickly moved back to a collision shop. AJ purchased a house and began doing side jobs out of his garage. These side jobs kept getting bigger and bigger until he finally made the leap to make a real business out of it! His first composite part was a headlight duct for his Mustang.

One thing led to another and AJ ended up purchasing another composites business which really got the ball rolling on AJ Hartman Aero. He leveraged his experience repairing cars to begin making composite parts. His current shop is 5200 square feet with several rooms dedicated to each process of making composite parts.

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