- SPECIAL REPORTS
MOBILE, AL—One year after the ground breaking ceremony for Airbus’ first U.S. assembly plant, the assembly line is making good progress. The main buildings are taking shape, and the first employees have started their on-the-job training in Hamburg, Germany.
MAIDEN, NC—GKN Driveline will spend at least $113.8 million to expand its assembly plant here, adding 228 jobs within four years.
EVERETT, WA—Boeing plans to deploy robotic assembly technology on the 777X that will dramatically change how the plane’s metal hull is built. The investment will enable Boeing to increase the production rate of the 777 beyond the current 100 jets per year.
ASHEVILLE, NC—GE Aviation’s assembly plant here is the first in the world to make jet engine parts with new materials, called ceramic matrix composites, that will revolutionize flight in the years ahead.
MOBILE, AL—Airbus Americas has awarded the paint shop contract for its A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex to MAAS Aviation Aircraft Services.
BROUSSARD, LA—Bell Helicopter has opened a new composites manufacturing facility here. The $4.5 million, 28,000-square-foot plant will employ 30.
Metal blades are typically used to strip insulation from wire or cable. However, there is an alternative—lasers.
These days, manufacturers of all stripes are taking a closer at their energy consumption as a potential source of cost savings—even manufacturers of the largest, most expensive products in the world.
ROCHESTER, NH—Two companies that are partnering to manufacture lightweight airplane engine blades are marking the opening of a large production facility here.
LAFAYETTE, IN—GE Aviation is building a $100 million jet engine assembly plant here to produce its next-generation engine for passenger jets.
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