Curtiss-Wright Takes $66-Million Valve Contract

Valves for two U.S. Navy nuclear-propelled subs

Curtiss-Wright Corp. has a contract to manufacture valves for a new class of U.S. Navy nuclear-propelled attack submarines. The order is a subcontract from Bechtel Plant Machinery for two vessels, and may be worth up to $66 million if the contractor extends the initial order to cover four more submarines.

The submarine valves will be manufactured at by Curtiss-Wright's Flow Control subsidiary in East Farmingdale, N.Y. The finished goods will be delivered to Bechtel Plant Machinery in Monroeville, Pa., between 2012 and 2018. Bechtel Plant Machinery is building the nuclear-propulsion components for the new Virginia-class submarines, which are built by General Dynamics' Electric Boat division and Northrop Grumman Corp.

"We are very pleased to have been awarded this important naval defense contract," stated Curtiss-Wright chairman and CEO Martin R. Benante. "Our continuous improvement programs and innovation resulted in us achieving the cost-reduction goals that supported the production increase of Virginia-Class submarines from one sub to two subs per year."

Curtiss-Wright designs and manufactures motion-control and flow-control products, and supplies specialized metal treatment services. It has approximately 7,600 employees worldwide.

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control designs and manufactures highly engineered valves, pumps, motors, generators, electronics, systems, and related products for the commercial nuclear power plants, oil and gas processing operations, and a range of military programs.

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