Alliant Techsystems celebrated the grand opening of its new Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence facility in Clearfield, Utah, yesterday, less than one year after the expansion was announced.
The facility serves as the headquarters for ATK’s commercial aircraft programs and supports the manufacturing of composite airframe and engine components for the Airbus A350 XWB, and General Electric and Rolls-Royce engine programs. ATK has received commercial aircraft component orders exceeding $1 billion over the last several years.
The building is 615,000 square feet and devoted to high-rate composite manufacturing. ATK has approximately 100,000 square feet committed to clean rooms which accommodate its patented automated stiffener forming technology and engine wrap machines. Initial production of 700 parts per month will accelerate with customer needs and market expansion, and ATK expects to add up to 800 future jobs in support of composite manufacturing in Utah due to the increase in structures business.
“Our new Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence is a key component in our strategy to capitalize on the growing demand for modern, more efficient commercial aircraft.” said Mark DeYoung, ATK president and CEO. “Our longstanding experience in highly-engineered composite structures and our expertise in automated manufacturing methods are now matched by a state-of-the-art production facility.”