CPI Aero Supplying Goodrich Structural Assemblies

Feb. 28, 2012
Sub-contractors first award with design-modification authority

CPI Aerostructures Inc. reports it has a new contract to supply aerospace structural assemblies to Goodrich Corp., an order that begins immediately and will be completed by mid 2013. The value of the order was not released, though the New Jersey-based contract manufacturer said its orders for the first two months of 2012 (including the Goodrich contract) total $27.4 million.

The company produces aerospace structural components and assemblies for defense contractors and some commercial aircraft OEMs, as well as engineering, technical and program management services. In January it reported a follow-on contract with Boeing for a new delivery of wing assemblies for U.S. Air Force A-10 aircraft, and in October it began work on a contract for gunner window assemblies for Black Hawk helicopters, being produced by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

CPI Aero is also involved in numerous other critical programs, including the E-2D Hawkeye surveillance aircraft, the A-10 Thunderbolt attack jet, the Gulfstream G650, the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, and the HondaJet-Advanced Light Jet, for example.

The Goodrich contract is CPI Aero’s first for that company, and the first for which CPI will have design authority over design modifications to the structure. It stated it plans to use the GKN Aerospace’s Engineering Development Center, in Nashville, for design and structural analysis on this program. GKN Aerospace produces complex aerospace structures in composite materials. It also processes high-performance metallics, and produces cockpit transparencies and passenger cabin windows.

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