Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Expands Walton, Kentucky, Aircraft Carbon Brake Production Hub
According to the firm, the planned expansion, worth more than 100 million dollars, aims to increase the Walton plant's production capacity to meet expected airline demand for wheels and carbon brakes. Following the construction phase, from 2016 to 2018, the plant will add about 80 employees.
"Since being built in 1999 the Walton plant has undergone constant development to keep pace with our sales growth," said Vincent Mascré, CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. "I would especially like to thank the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development for their support and their commitment to this project, which will enable us to boost our production capacity and meet our customers' growing needs."
The Walton plant's clientele already includes a large number of North American airlines (Delta, Spirit Airlines, Air Canada, etc.), and its carbon brakes are used on many different commercial and military aircraft, company officials said. In addition to Walton, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has two other carbon production plants, in Villeurbanne (France) and Sendayan (Malaysia).
Carbon brakes were introduced on commercial aircraft by Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in 1986, and are now the benchmark in high-performance braking. Offering energy absorption capacity two to three times greater than steel brakes, and reduced operating costs, carbon brakes deliver proven technological, economic and environmental advantages to airlines.
Supply Chain Bottlenecks Creating New “Logistical Hotspots”
The “Great Resignation” Is Impacting Corporate Relocations
Workforce Q4 2021
Changes in the Incentives Landscape
2020 Top States for Doing Business Showcase Their Pro-Business Environments
2021 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize State and Local Economic Development Efforts
How an International Business Can Enter the U.S. Market Via M&A