WINDSOR, Conn.—As the sky-high demand for jet engines shows no signs of slowing down, one Connecticut manufacturer is rising up to meet the challenge.
For more than three decades, Windsor-based Aero Gear has been a key player in complex gearbox assemblies for the global aerospace market. After recently completing a 24,000-square-foot addition to its facility, Aero Gear founder Doug Rose welcomed suppliers, local leaders, and customers to tour the facility’s new 24,000-square-foot addition and get a behind-the-scenes look at the intricate process of manufacturing precision gearboxes for jet engines.
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith spoke at a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 12 outside Aero Gear’s new addition. Smith recognized the commitment to the state that Aero Gear has demonstrated for the 36 years since its inception in 1982. She has worked in conjunction with Rose since 2011 to continually raise the standard of 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 and perfects on a daily basis 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 its 175 employees, and includes 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.”
Rose said that Aero Gear’s entire team is constantly striving to reach new heights of performance, from design capabilities and prototyping gear development to advances in manufacturing through continuous improvement initiatives.
Aero Gear was recently awarded “Elite Supplier” recognition from its longtime customer, Lockheed Martin Sikorsky Aircraft. It marked the second year in a row that Lockheed has chosen the company for the award, which honors consistency, reliability, and resourcefulness. Aero Gear’s superior product development and support service also earned United Technologies Corporation’s rank of “Gold Supplier” for a second year.
“Our achievements are directly connected to the efforts by the Malloy administration in strengthening the aerospace cluster in our state,” said Rose. “Incentives to support Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky to remain strong in Connecticut have had a flow down effect on specialized companies like ours.”