Who We Are

Founded in 1975 as RAM Company, RAM Aviation, Space & Defense has grown to become a premier supplier of actuation products, namely Solenoid valves, linear and rotary solenoids, and check and relief valves.  From small beginnings with engine manufacturers, RAM ASD now supplies products and services to hundreds of major players in all the aviation, space, and defense markets.

Located in the hills of Southern Utah, RAM ASD prides itself on being family-owned and family-centered. Each employee becomes a part of the hard-working community that attracts the best and the brightest and then welcomes them to stay. Many of the employees have been working for the company for over 30 years.

Using the latest in manufacturing technology, the highest quality standards, and an unrivaled team of workers, RAM ASD continues to focus on the future. With a vision to offer unparalleled service as the best provider of actuation products, we are confident we can meet your needs and expectations. Contact us, and let’s get to work together!

RAM Aviation, Space & Defense Overview

Our Founders

Ray and Melzie Ganowsky

Melzie and Ray founded RAM Company in 1975 after relocating to St. George from upstate New York. Initially, they started the company in their garage and eventually opened a 1,000-square-foot facility. They started with a single lathe and began designing, manufacturing, and assembling precision parts for Kohler, Mack Truck, United Technologies, and a growing list of additional customers.

In 1979, RAM Company expanded its capabilities, acquired industry certifications and pedigree, and began designing and manufacturing precision components for various aerospace programs in the military and defense, commercial aviation, legacy space (Shuttle Program and International Space Station), and commercial space markets.

Melzie and Ray live in St. George and still enjoy going into the office every day and calling into company meetings but have turned over day-to-day operations of the company they built over the space of five decades.



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The History of RAM Aviation, Space & Defense


RAM Company is created in the home of founders Ray & Melzie Ganowsky. The first project is a design for the Kohler Small engine division.


RAM Company relocates to a small 1000 sq ft manufacturing facility, primarily as an assembly house with one manual lathe.


RAM Company moves to a larger building with the potential of 5000 square feet, adding increased machine shop and nickel-plating capabilities.

Prestigious order received for solenoid on Space Shuttle landing system.


Customer Base continues to grow approaching a base of 50 customers with well over 50 different designs. RAM Company expands shop with CNC capabilities.


RAM Company receives its 1st major production order for high-speed mail sorting rotary solenoids. This product line becomes a catalyst, fueling the growth of company.


RAM Company wins major contract for safety interlock solenoid on B1 bomber, continues to build legacy and pedigree on aerospace and military programs.


Promoting new growth, RAM Company adds solenoid valves into their product offering. Sophisticated test stands are designed and built in-house for product compliance verification.


RAM Company moves into custom-designed facility utilizing over 20,000 square feet of design & manufacturing space. Expansion of the engineering department offers greater capability and diversification.


RAM Company is awarded contract with Raytheon Missile Systems on the Stinger Missile launch system. Lean manufacturing initiatives implemented improving production efficiencies.


RAM Company is awarded MEP Utah outstanding manufacturer of the year. Successfully wins contracts for 36 assemblies on the new Air Force JSF Fighter, utilizing 7 different designs.


RAM Company begins a new facility expansion, increasing total space to over 50,000 square feet. Included in the expansion is a state-of-the-art plating facility.


Class 10,000 clean room (now ISO Class 7) is added to facilitate newly awarded contracts that support commercial space programs.


RAM Company purchases a controlling interest in Intergalactic and expands facility to over 120,000 square feet.


RAM Company welcomes Gregg Robison as the new CEO.


RAM Company rebrands to become RAM Aviation, Space & Defense.


RAM AS&D continues its growth and expertise in space applications with its first thruster application aboard the current NASA commercially crewed spacecraft.