Carpenter Picks Alabama for New Superalloy Powder Facility
As a follow up to a story Industrial Heating first reported Oct. 3, Carpenter Technology Corp. will build its previously announced superalloy powder facility in Alabama, directly across from its almost-completed $518 million ultra-premium product manufacturing facility in Athens. Carpenter announced a multi-faceted agreement with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), through its Pratt d& Whitney Division, in early October that includes licensing technology associated with the production of superalloy powders and a supply agreement for up to 20 years. The superalloy powder facility is expected to begin production in late 2015. Once the facility is qualified by Pratt & Whitney following construction, Carpenter will supply the company with superalloy powder for use in aircraft engines. Carpenter’s Athens Operations is expected to employ 250 workers by 2017.