Aero Gear expands manufacturing facility
By Wings Staff
Aero Gear in Windsor, CT, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the facility’s 24,000-square-foot addition. Company founder Doug Rose welcomed suppliers, local leaders, and customers to tour the facility and have a behind-the-scenes look at the process of manufacturing precision gearboxes for jet engines.
By Wings Staff
Catherine Smith, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner, joined more than 50 VIP guests for the celebration in mid-June. She recognized the commitment to the state that Aero Gear has demonstrated since its inception in 1982. Smith has worked in conjunction Rose with since 2011 to improve productivity and business in Connecticut.
“I am so excited to see Doug’s hard work pay off and celebrate the effort he has taken up to stay in this great state,” said Smith. “With all the other great industry leaders here, Connecticut has proven itself to be one of the pioneers in innovation and success for the aerospace industry.”
Rose explained the expansion was necessary to meet the growing demand for new commercial and military defense planes around the world. The gearboxes that Aero Gear produces are used by aircraft manufacturers Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Boeing and General Electric. The expansion provides the company with approximately 100,000 total square feet to accommodate their 175 employees, a new lobby, conference room, offices, and manufacturing space for several new programs.
“We’ve come a long way from the small company we once were,” said Rose at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Our growth would not be possible without the support of so many parties in the state, and most importantly our great employees. We are motivated and ready to take on the new challenges that this expansion will allow.”
Aero Gear specializes in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of gears and gearboxes for the aerospace industry, focusing on fixed and rotary wing aircraft.