RTI Starts Production at Virginia Plant
RTI International Metals Inc. recently marked the first production of certified commercial aerospace titanium product at its new $135 million forging, grinding and hot-rolling manufacturing facility in Martinsville, Va. Airbus will use most of the factory’s titanium output to produce its passenger jets. The startup of commercial titanium production at Martinsville follows more than 10 months of certification testing to meet Airbus’ stringent initial qualification requirements. At full capacity, the forging facility can produce up to 14 million pounds of product annually. RTI’s new plant added more than 25 manufacturing jobs to the local economy.