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Nordam expansion builds on founder’s principles

 - November 8, 2006, 5:31 AM

The Nordam Group (Booth No. 5574) continues to expand its MRO business internationally a year after the untimely death of its founder, Ray Siegfried II, last October.

The Tulsa, Okla. company’s South American arm, Nordam Brazil, is to deliver its first set of custom cabinetry to Embraer this month. The 20,000-sq-ft facility in São José dos Campos, which opened in early July, supports the finishing and assembling of Legacy 600 interiors. Nordam is also constructing a 120,000-sq-ft cabinetry facility in Wichita to replace its existing 45,000-sq-ft plant. That facility, expected to open early next year, will support ongoing programs, including the Pilatus PC-12.

Construction also began this month on a 125,000-sq-ft expansion of an existing 60,000-sq-ft facility in Singapore. The plant will incorporate clean rooms capable of supporting component bonding and other manufacturing processes.

“We are beginning with a few small projects to gain experience and refine processes,” said Asia Pacific v-p Brett Benton. “The goal is to make Nordam Singapore the bonding center of choice in Asia.”

“Our facility expansions mirror Nordam’s worldwide growth and increasing output levels,” said chairman Ken Lackey. “The Interiors and Structures Division alone is delivering 35,000 parts a month to over 30 customers.”

Nordam also recently earned a supplemental type certificate for a new thrust reverser control unit (TRCU) for the Bombardier Learjet 40/45. The TRCU is being incorporated as an upgrade on all new production aircraft

“We anticipated a challenging 2006,” said Tray Siegfried, v-p of strategic growth. “As a company we had to define Nordam without my father, and we did that through continuing to execute his principles: quality, customer satisfaction and reliable delivery.”