Sept 29, 2017: LORD Corporation started construction of a new centre for its aerospace electromechanical systems, including its Fly-By-Wire product line. The Foundation stone laying ceremony was attended by local government officials and senior executives from the company.
The new facility, which is expected to be operational in August 2018, will replace the existing facility located at nearby Saint-Vallier. As with the current facility, the centreat Pont de L’Isère will house design, development, qualification, certification and manufacturing of advanced cockpit controls, sensors, dampers and electromechanical actuators primarily intended for electromechanical systems to control motion on commercial fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.
The 8,000 sq.m. facility, close to 30 percent is larger than the existing site The planned capacity will satisfy the company’s five-year growth plan. To grow further, the facility and land will accommodate further increases in manufacturing and office space. The new site will house all 160 employees currently in Saint-Vallier.
Ed Auslander, president and CEO of LORD Corporation, stated, “Our investment in the region--which exceeds €10million--is consistent with the globalisation strategy LORD has previously announced for our electromechanical systems, including the Fly-By-Wire product line. The new facility will be the largest LORD site in Europe by number of employees.”
Becky Williams, president of LORD Aerospace & Defense, added, “With the addition of mechanical and electromechanical engineering and development, the area is becoming the epicentre of ouraerospace activity in Europe, serving customers throughout the continent and globally.”
Auslander further expressed the company’s gratitude to the local government, especially the town of Pont de l’Isère and the Communauté de CommunesArche Agglo for their great partnership during the site selection process.
Frederic Sausset, President of the Communauté de Commune Arche Agglo, said, “We are delighted by LORD Corporation’s commitment to our community and to the experienced workforce that came through its acquisition of Fly-by-Wire Systems France in 2016. We will continue to work in a constructive spirit with LORD to ensure its success in our area.”