PARIS, France – On Monday, officials with Hutchinson Corporation announced its intent to open an Aerospace Manufacturing Center of Excellence (COE) in Mobile, according to a press release. This Hutchinson COE will service the region’s burgeoning aerospace industry, including the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility located at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The announcement came on the opening day of the Paris Air Show.
Company officials indicated they will initially implement the COE start with “last minute shop” to support the Airbus facility, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 145 Repair Center, and a service center with a focus on final delivery of thermal acoustic insulation systems. The COE in Mobile is expected to start operations in the third quarter 2015 and will be located at 1805 6th St. in the Aeroplex.
Over the next five years Hutchinson projects significant growth in Mobile, adding increased production, assembly, maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO), and service operations. Hutchinson, headquartered in Paris, France, is committed to increasing its footprint in the United States to fully support the aerospace and defense industry in North America. On Friday, the city’s Industrial Development Board approved more than $250,000 in tax abatements for the development.
Currently, Hutchinson employs more than 35,000 personnel in 25 countries and 96 sites worldwide. The company has four business lines operating in various industries such as aerospace, defense, automotive, truck, and railway operations. Hutchinson product offerings include a broad array of products directed at improving customer comfort and safety to include advanced material solutions, vibration/shock controls, acoustic and thermal systems, fluid transfer systems, and unique sealing applications.
Members of Team Mobile, the industry recruiting effort for the City of Mobile and Mobile County are in Paris this week participating in various events and appointments for the air show. On Tuesday, a two-county delegation (Mobile and Baldwin) will host a reception for an expected 150 aerospace company executives.
Laurent Poirier, president of Hutchinson Aerospace said, “We look forward to working with the Alabama economic development team and the state’s leadership to establish another high performance, customer-focused Manufacturing Center of Excellence that will expand Hutchinson’s operations in North America – most importantly by establishing key sites close to key aerospace customers.”
Mayor Sandy Stimpson, who is attending the Paris Air Show with other local officials said, “We are pleased and proud to welcome Hutchinson Aerospace as our newest corporate citizen in Mobile. Mobile is a destination city for the aerospace industry. Companies like Hutchinson recognize that if you want great workers, a great quality of life and a great business climate, then you need to locate in Mobile.”
Hutchinson is a leading global partner in smart solutions for comfort and safety in aerospace, automotive and other industries. It designs, qualify and provide vibration control systems, fluid management systems, and sealing solution technologies with a special focus on energy savings. It focuses on premium technologies supported by operational excellence driven by committed teams and are committed to a long-term and sustainable partnership with our customers. More information is available at www.hutchinsonworldwide.com
Stimpson is joined at the airshow by several federal, state and local politicians who have begun calling themselves “Team Mobile.” One of those team members in Paris is Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson, who said she was “excited” to welcome Hutchinson to the county.
“(Hutchinson) expressed they were looking forward to a long partnership with the City and County of Mobile,” Commissioner Hudson said. “Initially, they will be taking over a warehouse complex at Brookley, but the plans are to expand their operations and their footprint and also the number of jobs. here is a lot of growth potential with Hutchinson Aerospace.”
According to a press release from the county’s communications office, Hutchinson Aerospace will service the region’s growing aerospace industry, including Airbus’s U.S. Manufacturing Center. The company has four business lines: sealing systems, vibration and thermal acoustic insulation systems, fluid transfer systems and transmission and mobility.