Aero Gear (Windsor, CT), a producer of gearbox assemblies for the global aerospace market, completed the 24,000-sq.ft expansion of its facility. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and many political and business leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the new space at a June 12 ceremony.
“In trying to meet the increased orders from our customers, it became obvious that additional people and machines were necessary, and the only way to accommodate this was through enlarging our physical space,” said Doug Rose, founder of Aero Gear. “Although we have clients around the world, the expansion demonstrates that we are committed to the long-haul in Connecticut.”
The event kicks off with a morning reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and refreshments followed by a welcome address by Rose. Special guest speakers include Malloy and Catherine Smith from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.
After the official ribbon-cutting with Aero Gear management, employees and VIPs, shop tours of the new addition and existing manufacturing facility will be available to attendees, with demonstration stations in the inspection, gear grind, heat treat, robot, and assembly areas. Attendees also will learn how the manufacturer works in harmony with the entire global gearbox industry to provide integral parts for the aerospace industry.
Aero Gear makes the power drive gear systems for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The mechanisms require the highest quality precision engineering and manufacturing. Its proprietary Flow Line concept is based on providing the best quality, shortest lead time and reasonable cost by eliminating waste in the process.
The overall majority of the Lean Flow processing is conducted within Aero Gear’s modern, climate-controlled 69,000-sq.ft. facility, including gear processing capabilities such as low-pressure vacuum-carburized and hardened-heat treatment, super finishing, balancing, and nondestructive testing. The new space will accommodate 175 employees, plus provide a new lobby, conference room, offices, and manufacturing space for several new programs.