Manufacturer inks contract for C-17 work

Charleston Regional Business Journal
April 5, 2011

Greenville-based Adex Machining Technologies received a contract with a Pennsylvania company to manufacture components for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster operated by the U.S. Air Force and allied nations.

The contract provides an option for more work in the future, which could include work on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The contract is with Triumph Actuation Systems, a division of Triumph Group Inc. based in Wayne, Pa. Adex will manufacture and assemble components used in complex hydraulic and hydro-mechanical systems for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster.

The C-17 is one of the world’s largest transport aircraft and is used for rapid strategic airlift of troops and cargo to operating bases, tactical airlift, medical evacuation, and humanitarian aid missions to air-drop food and medical supplies to inaccessible areas.

The initial contract involves precision machining of components made from exotic metal alloys. Adex also will provide value-added services for installation of other machined components and special anti-corrosion coatings to create a complete assembly.

Once qualifications are completed, Adex said it will have opportunities to expand as a supplier for Triumph’s other military and commercial programs. Examples could include cargo door actuation systems for the Airbus A380, landing gear systems for the Boeing 787 and power transfer pumps for the Lockheed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Sizes of components can range from several inches up to 10 feet, and materials include high-strength steel, stainless steel, aluminum and titanium.

“We’re honored to be chosen as a supplier for Triumph and proud to play a role in supporting our military,” said Jason Premo, Adex co-owner. “These are mission-critical aircraft components, and it requires the most advanced machining technology, rigorous quality systems and highly skilled workforce. This is yet another example that demonstrates South Carolina has what it takes to support the growing aerospace industry and be a leader in the knowledge economy.”

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