Allegheny Technologies Incorporated reported it will expand its iso-thermal forging and heat treating capacities to satisfy growing demand from the aerospace jet engine market in Cuday, Wisconsin.
According to company officials, this self-funded, multi-year expansion of approximately $95 million represents ATI’s fourth iso-thermal press which, along with the associated heat treating expansion, will be located at the company's iso-thermal forging center of excellence in Cudahy, Wisconsin. The investment will take approximately 3 years to complete and fully qualify for aerospace-related production.
“We continue to invest in our advanced forging capabilities in support of our aerospace customer’s ramp-up of next generation jet engine production,” said Rich Harshman, ATI’s Chairman, President & CEO. “Once completed and fully qualified, this critical growth project will enable us to meet the increasing production requirements for existing long-term agreements with our engine OEM partners.”
“Iso-thermal is the most technologically advanced forging method available today and ATI’s ongoing leadership in this area is further solidified by this significant investment,” he explained.
“This investment, along with our recent nickel-based superalloy powder expansion in Monroe, North Carolina, will enable the High Performance Materials and Components (HPMC) segment to meet its longer-term financial goals by increasing our capacity to produce technologically advanced powder-to-iso-thermally-forged jet engine components,” said John Sims, Executive Vice President, HPMC Segment.
“We are excited to add this capacity to our existing iso-thermal forging center of excellence in Cudahy, Wisconsin and to deepen our commitment to the State of Wisconsin and to our local workforce,” he added.