At Heli-Expo 2014 Kaman Aerospace Group (Booth No. 4922) announced that it is expanding its reach. The OEM supplier of helicopters, rotor blades and rotary-wing UAVs and other aerospace components has opened new offices at Clemson University’s graduate campus in Charleston, S.C. The plan is to recruit talent and put a team of Kaman engineers at the nearby Boeing facility in North Charleston. The team is part of the company’s participation in the stress analysis work on Boeing 787 Dreamliner production. Kaman was named Boeing Supplier of the Year in 2013, one of 16 companies to receive the award, which is based on statistical measurements of quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support, cost and the ability to respond to changing customer requirements.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is excited to see Kaman join the expansion of the aerospace industry in the state. “It speaks volumes for our economic future,” he said, commenting, “The aerospace sector is a major driver for our state’s economy.”
Across the Atlantic the company expects to open a Kaman Specialty Bearings and Engineered Products facility in Hochstadt, Germany, and a tooling manufacturing facility in Lancashire, England, by the end of the first quarter.
All the recruiting and new manufacturing facilities will support new contracts for the company that include a contract to deliver 40 cockpits and lower fuselages for the Bell AH-1A Zulu helicopters; more Boeing CH-47 composite engine inlet screens and tunnel covers; high-speed drive systems and high-performance helicopter bearings; and continued support for the delivery of 10 SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopters, spare parts, flight simulator and logistics support to the New Zealand Ministry of Defense, which was authorized last April.