Lockheed Martin will invest $142 million in its Camden facility in Arkansas. The investment, which will add 326 new jobs by 2024, supports new construction and improves on existing facilities for products, new machinery and equipment. According to Lockheed Martin, the Camden facility is a highly efficient center of excellence that contributes components and performs final assembly for products that are important to the defense of the U.S. and a growing number of allied nations.
Delta H Technologies will invest more than $300,000 in equipment and add 11 new jobs at its facility in Carroll, Ohio. Delta H Technologies manufactures industrial furnaces and heat-treatment ovens for the aerospace industry. The 11 new jobs will double the company’s current workforce. Fairfield County provided a $20,000 Workforce Development Training Grant to help with new-employee training, and JobsOhio provided a $50,000 performance grant toward the purchase of new machinery.
Element Materials Technology (Element) acquired Cleveland, Ohio-based Orbit Industries Inc. (Orbit), a Nadcap- and ISO 17025-accredited laboratory and provider of nondestructive testing (NDT) services to aerospace primes and Tier 1 suppliers. With over 30 prime approvals, Orbit specializes in ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle and chemical processing for raw materials and semi-finished and finished products, including landing-gear components, airfoils and aluminum wheels. Orbit also operates out of four other satellite inspection facilities across Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
The introduction of additive-manufactured (AM) advanced silicon carbide (SiC), including 3D-printed shapes, opens up a new window of opportunity for end-users, designers and manufacturers of high-temperature heating equipment.
Allegheny Technologies Inc. announced that its board of directors approved an investment to expand its isothermal forging and heat-treating capacities to satisfy growing demand from the aerospace market. This self-funded, multiyear expansion of approximately $95 million represents ATI’s fourth isothermal press, which will be located at the company’s forging center of excellence in Cudahy, Wis. The associated heat-treating expansion will also be in Cudahy.
StandardAero Component Services announced a significant investment and expansion at three of its U.S. sites during 2018. The company will invest approximately $16 million to increase shop capacity by 260,000 square feet collectively at facilities in Cincinnati and Hillsboro, Ohio, and Miami, Fla. The Miami site will add 30,000 square feet of working space and install an additional vacuum furnace, a state-of-the-art clean line and add water-jet cleaning capabilities. As a result, the facility will be able to repair large engine cases.
Rolls-Royce set a new record for the world’s most powerful aerospace gearbox just months after testing began. The company confirmed that its Power Gearbox successfully reached 70,000 horsepower while on test at a facility in Dahlewitz, Germany. The gearbox will play a central role in the company’s next-generation UltraFan engine, which will be available in 2025.
The engineless Airbus Perlan Mission II set a new world altitude record for gliding when it flew over 52,000 feet above the ground in the Patagonia region of Argentina. Perlan Mission II aims to fly to the edge of space using stratospheric mountain waves, which are rising air currents significantly heightened a few times a year in only a couple of places on the planet.