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Friday, August 6, 2010

Philippine Company to make parts for the Boeing Dreamliner

Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. has received a $20 million from Moog Aircraft Group to provide solenoids for use on the flight-control system of The Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

“We greatly value our participation on Boeing’s highly efficient new aircraft,” says David Adams, co-chief operating officer at parent Curtiss-Wright Corp.

Curtiss-Wright Controls’ integrated sensing business group will make the solenoids at its facilities in Tempe, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico. The products will be shipped to Moog Aircraft Group in the Philippines with production beginning immediately and continuing through 2035.

Charlotte-based Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corp., a diversified company headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. The company (NYSE:CW) has about 7,500 employees worldwide.

Curtiss-Wright has four operations in the region, including the Curtiss-Wright Controls headquarters that moved in 2005 to Ballantyne from Gaston County. Its largest facilities are motion-controls plants in Shelby and Gastonia. The smallest is a metal-improvement operation in Charlotte. Combined, the company has 287 employees at the production facilities, of whom 13% are engineers.

Boeing’s plans for a $1 billion plant in the Charleston, S.C., area are expected to bolster Curtiss-Wright operations here. The company already is a Boeing supplier, making motion-control parts for the 737, 747 and 787 aircraft.

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