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UTC Aerospace Systems Expands Foley, Alabama, Manufacturing Campus

08/25/2017
UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., unveiled its new 80,000-square foot manufacturing and nacelle assembly facility at its award-winning campus in Foley, Alabama. The company expects to add up to 260 new jobs at the site, ultimately increasing its Foley workforce to more than 1,000 employees.

The campus is part of UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures business unit, which maintains a global footprint of nacelle design, original equipment manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul sites. The Foley site assembles nacelles for integration with the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine for a number of aircraft platforms, including the Airbus A320neo, Bombardier C Series, Mitsubishi Regional Jet and Embraer E-Jet E2.

"Our expansion in Foley would not be possible without the strong support we've received from the state, the county and the city, and we're proud to continue to work together to create jobs in Alabama," said Marc Duvall, President, Aerostructures, UTC Aerospace Systems. "Foley has always been a standout location due to our employees' dedication to meeting customer needs through the diligent application of our ACE operating system's tools of continuous improvement, and we look forward to better serving our customers through the addition of these new advanced manufacturing features."

As the third manufacturing building on the Foley campus, it will serve as a complement to the site's existing 230,000-square foot original equipment plant and 210,000-square foot MRO facility.

Expected to be fully operational by year's end, the new building will feature a range of innovative manufacturing technology, including automated material movement to index large nacelle component platforms down the assembly line, an overhead rail system with vacuum lifts and an automated painting system. These new advanced manufacturing systems, which have been piloted at other UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures sites around the world, will greatly increase the efficiency of operations required to assemble and paint nacelle systems, as well as provide ergonomic benefits for employees.

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