GKN Aerospace’s facility in Alabama designs, tests, manufactures and assembles a wide range of high-performance composite structures for civil, military, commercial and space programs. The Advanced Composite Structures plant in Tallassee, located 35 miles from Montgomery, has been in operation since 1985 and today employs more 1,000 people.
The Alabama plant complex has 380,000 square feet of manufacturing space and includes a 10,800-square-foot engineering design center announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2014. At the new center, a staff of design and analysis engineers is initially focusing on composite technologies for rotorcraft.
The GKN plant’s design for manufacturing operation has worked with customers including HondaJet, Bell Helicopters and Airbus, achieving improvements in manufacturing speed, reliability and cost. Over the years, the facility has supported programs such as Sikorsky’s Blackhawk helicopter, Airbus’ A380 jetliner, Lockheed Martin’s F/A-22 Raptor and GE Aviation’s GEnx jet engine. In addition, the Alabama plant has produced innovative fuel bladder systems for General Atomics’ Predator UAV and state-of-the-art fuel tanks for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter.