From Staff Reports
Arconic, formerly known as Alcoa-Howmet, announced in August it would expand its aerospace engine parts facilities in Morristown and Whitehall, Michigan.
The expansions will increase Arconic’s production capacity and provide new capabilities to meet the growing demand from aerospace engine customers. The more than $100 million dollar expansions will produce components to meet the growing demand from aerospace engine customers and will enable increased production to support customers’ historic aerospace engine ramp. Together, the combined expansions are expected to create more than 150 new jobs by the end of 2020 in Whitehall and Morristown.
“Our customers’ aero engine production ramps are unprecedented, and these expansions will provide additional capacity to deliver even more of the components they need to build aero engines at high volumes,” said Dirk Bauer, president, Arconic Engines.
The investment in Morristown is supported by economic development financial assistance from the Morristown Industrial Development Board, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Separately, Arconic recently completed a secondary facility in the East Tennessee Progress Center that houses its Morristown operations’ ceramic compounding production. That facility has begun commercial production.
“The city of Morristown is proud to support Arconic’s growth,” Marshall Ramsey, president, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, said.
“The company’s new compounding facility and upcoming main facility expansion will create high-quality, advanced manufacturing job opportunities for our community. We are excited to continue to build on our longstanding relationship with Arconic.”
Construction on the expansions is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.