ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2014) Kaman Aerospace Group announced today at the 2014 HAI HELI-EXPO that its subsidiary, Kaman Engineering Services, has opened a new office at the Clemson University Restoration Institute Campus (CURI) in North Charleston, S.C.
Kaman Engineering Services recognizes the growing aerospace requirements in the Southeast USA and the new regional office will support that demand, according to Jim Larwood, President of Kaman Aerosystems. “Kaman Engineering Services provides a unique, high-level engineering skill set and competency that aligns with the needs of Boeing SC’s operation,” Larwood said. “This investment is one of several investments in Kaman’s strategy of geographic diversification, and we are pleased to be part of the growing research and development community in the Charleston region.”
Kaman has already been awarded a purchase order to utilize its extensive experience working with Boeing’s 787 program structures team to support production of the 787 Dreamliner in the role of Stress Liaison. In addition to the opening of the Clemson office, a select team of Kaman employees will be co-located near Boeing’s North Charleston production facility, with additional support staff in Everett, Wash. “Kaman’s on-site teams will include lead engineers to provide the greatest impact of the co-location and support the Boeing engineering teams,” said Cliff Ward, General Manager of Kaman Engineering Services.
Kaman also has the full support and backing of North Charleston’s Mayor Keith Summey. “I am honored to welcome Kaman Engineering Services to the City of North Charleston. We commit to Kaman and to our expanding aerospace and engineering sectors that our community will remain business friendly. Significant capital investments and increased opportunities for quality new jobs, as Kaman is providing, continue to strengthen our city” said Mayor Summey. In addition, Nikolaos Rigas, CURI Executive Director commented, "We are delighted to welcome another innovative company to Clemson University’s graduate campus in the Charleston region. Our campus is built on a foundation of applied research and public-private partnerships, and Kaman’s diversified portfolio makes this leading aerospace and industrial distribution company an ideal new partner.”
In closing, Gov. Nikki Haley commented, “The Aerospace sector is a major driver for our state’s economy. Seeing Boeing suppliers like Kaman Engineering Services opening new offices in South Carolina speaks volumes for our economic future and we celebrate with them as they establish their new office in Charleston County.”
Kaman Engineering Services was presented with a Boeing Supplier of the Year award for its exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing’s overall success during 2012. Kaman Engineering Services was one of 16 companies to receive the award. The Everett, Wash., based company was selected from a pool of Boeing suppliers located in more than 50 countries. The selection of the winning suppliers was based on statistical measurements of quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support, cost and the ability to anticipate and respond to changing customer requirements.
Kaman Aerospace Group is a segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation 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; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; 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 SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. Additionally, 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 four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Kaman also 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 a www.kaman.com.