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Chief Executive Officer of Tool Gauge


"Evolving in the Global Aerospace Supply Chain"

Debbie became CEO of Tool Gauge, a manufacturer of complex, high-value plastic and metal assemblies for global aerospace OEMs and tier-one aircraft interior integrators, in October 2016.


Based in Tacoma, Wash. with 135 employees, Tool Gauge was founded in 1966 with the belief that combining the best engineering talent and technical know-how with leading-edge manufacturing technology would bring lasting success. The company is the proud recipient of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s Aerospace Company of the Year Award as well as The Boeing Company’s Silver / Silver Performance Award for manufacturing excellence for the past nine consecutive years (2010-2018).

Over her 35-year career in the manufacturing industry, Debbie has held a wide variety of leadership roles, including serving as Chief Operations Officer, Supply Chain Manager, Aerospace Focal Project Manager, and Customer Service Manager. She started her career in the late 1980s as Engineering Purchasing Liaison in Kent, Wash. In March 2001, she joined Tool Gauge as a Boeing Focal working in metals shop floor management and worked her way up to the CEO position over the next 15 years.


Debbie is currently leading a major expansion of the company’s Tacoma manufacturing facility that will double the factory floor, broaden plastic and metal part manufacturing capabilities, and create between 100 to 150 new jobs over the next five years for the Tacoma South Sound region. The brand-new facility is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2019.


Debbie holds supply chain management certifications from APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society), Lean Manufacturing, and Project Management. She sits on the board of directors of Washington State’s Aerospace Futures Alliance (AFA) and has served as the Commodore of the Gig Harbor Yacht Club as well as the Chairman of their Board of Directors.


Debbie Lee will be presenting at this year's Aerospace Summit. Find out more about the Summit.

AFA's 13th Annual Aerospace Summit
BEING BOLD in the Age of Innovation Presented by the Aerospace Futures Alliance
Oct 10, 2018, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Lynnwood Convention Center,
3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036, USA

925 4TH AVE, STE 2000 SEATTLE, WA 98104  |  925 4th Ave, Suite 2000 Seattle, WA  |  (206) 309-2464 

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