ITT Exelis Opens New Design and Manufacturing Center for Composite Aerostructures

august 20 2012

ITT Exelis celebrated the grand opening of its composite design and manufacturing center Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The new facility provides increased capacity and enhanced automation capability for advanced commercial and military composite aircraft structures.

“Strong demand from our domestic and international customers has fueled this expansion,” said Jim Barber, vice president and general manager of the Exelis Electronic Systems Integrated Structures business. “This facility leverages our core strengths and capabilities as we invest in new technologies to meet the needs of our customers and the aerospace industry.”

Composite structures are used increasingly by airframers as a proven alternative to metal structural parts on commercial and military aircraft, as well as on unmanned aerial vehicles. These structures add value because they help decrease an aircraft’s weight and fuel consumption and increase its resilience to environmental conditions and in-flight stress. With the company’s new facility, Exelis will be better positioned to meet customers’ growing needs for composites.

“With the addition of automated fiber placement and tape laying capability combined with high speed machining, inspection and assembly, Exelis is positioned to provide optimal composite solutions more efficiently,” said Barber.

The expansion aligns with the company’s strategy to invest strategically in broad-based government and commercial solutions, such as aerostructures and air traffic management. By adding 250,000 square feet to its Salt Lake City footprint and hiring 100 employees during the past year, Exelis is taking the necessary steps to meet military and commercial customer demand.

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