BLOOMFIELD, CT, August 2, 2011 — Representatives of Kaman Aerospace Corporation announced today that aerospace industry veteran Jeff Sharbaugh has joined the Helicopters Division as Proposal Manager.
In his new role, Sharbaugh will be responsible for leading the ongoing efforts of the company’s proposal team, as well as supporting the expanding business development activities for Kaman Helicopters.
“Jeff brings tremendous experience creating successful proposals for the variety of aerospace business areas in which Kaman Helicopters provides products and services,” said Mark Tattershall, director of Marketing & Business Development for Kaman Helicopters. “His industry knowledge and recent successes will surely make a significant contribution to helping us achieve our ambitious strategic growth plans.”
Some of the biggest names in aerospace, including Bell, Boeing, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and MD Helicopters rely on Kaman Helicopters’ product group for a variety of specialized services. Backed by the company’s infrastructure and expertise as a helicopter OEM, Kaman is the only subcontractor with the capability to provide design/analysis and manufacturing capabilities, as well as testing and flight solutions.
Kaman Helicopters is also in the unique business position to offer specialized capabilities including integration, composite and metallic manufacturing, final assembly, rotor blade manufacture, sand erosion testing, an erosion protection system, and whirl tower and flight testing.
“Kaman Helicopters stands alone in its ability to offer helicopter and aircraft OEMs such a wide array of highly specialized development, manufacturing and testing services,” Sharbaugh said. “Our customers’ desire to reduce cost and increase efficiency, combined with our high levels of expertise and capabilities, will open the door to a growing list of new business opportunities.” Prior to joining Kaman Helicopters, Sharbaugh managed a variety of development programs for Ducommun Aerostructures, Lord Corporation and Hamilton Sundstrand.
About Kaman Helicopters
Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company’s SH2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAXâ medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. The company is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than 3.5 million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, Kaman provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. More information is available at www.kaman.com
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