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GKN Aerospace Services will open a new center for the design and development of high-performance aerospace components in central Connecticut.
The center is expected to employ approximately 25 people initially, mostly engineers who will transfer to the new center from the company’s Wallingford, Connecticut, manufacturing facility. The Wallingford manufacturing operations are being transferred to St. Louis, Missouri, as part of the company’s consolidation of similar composites manufacturing at that location. The St. Louis facility, which employs approximately 1,200 people, was acquired from Boeing one year ago. Individual aircraft components as well as complete subassemblies for high performance military aircraft are manufactured at that location.
Until a specific site is selected for the engineering development center, the company will use space now occupied by the Wallingford manufacturing operations. The company selected Central Connecticut for the new center to continue the development of the RTM process with the experienced group that have supported GKN’s numerous customers over the last ten years.
Initially, work at the center will focus on the design, development, and tool definition for composite components using advanced resin transfer molding (RTM). In addition, development work such as material qualification, processing of new resin systems, and structural test sub-elements will be fabricated at the new site. The facility will contain design office space utilizing Catia and Unigraphics CAD systems as well as a development fabrication cell and advanced materials lab.
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