West Virginia Department of Commerce Successf ul launch: Aerospace

Recent Pages: Successf ul...

Successf ul launch: Aerospace

Successful Launch: Aerospace 

The north central part of the state hosts growing industries in high technology and aerospace, including Aurora Flight Sciences, Bombardier Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Pratt & Whitney Engine Services.

Based at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport is the Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex, Inc. (MAAC). The MAAC works as an economic development engine for the aerospace industry in West Virginia.

Pratt & Whitney Engine Services, Inc.

Pratt & Whitney Engine Services, Inc., is a Center of Excellence for repairing and maintaining corporate turbofan and turboprop engines like this one.

“We’re lucky to have two training centers — the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center and the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing — located at the airport,” said Tracy Miller, MAAC president. “We have an aerospace industrial park with access to the longest commercial runway in the state and a roster of successful aerospace companies. We have available space with infrastructure. We have a cluster of advantages in one place, ready for someone to locate a new facility.”

Resources include colleges and state programs. West Virginia University offers degrees through the doctorate level in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center provides FAAcertified Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Airframe and Powerplant (A & P) training.

FMW Composite Systems products have been in outer space, but the Bridgeport company’s origins were more down to earth when it first opened in 1993 as FMW Rubber Products.

“As the company gradually transitioned to more advanced technology, I never considered moving anywhere else,” said Dale McBride, FMW president and CEO. “I was born in Hampshire County and grew up in West Virginia. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.”

Today, FMW’s rubber division makes innovative fuel storage and delivery systems for expeditionary forces and emergency responders all over the world.

A second branch produces Titanium Matrix Composites; titanium parts embedded with reinforcing fibers. The reinforced composites deliver the strength of steel at about half the weight. FMW produced NASA’s Super Lightweight Interchangeable Carrier (SLIC), the first all-composite carrier to fly on the shuttle. Composites are also used in defense, medical and sports equipment.

High-tech titanium composite sports equipment? “Yes,” said McBride. “Think golf clubs.”

Continue reading...

- Back to -

- Back to -
Story Index

FCX Systems, Inc.

In a quarter of a century, FCX Systems, Inc. went from being the untested new kid on the block to exporting its products to more than 70 countries worldwide. The Morgantown company designs, manufactures and tests in-house a broad line of convertors and preconditioned air equipment used in military and commercial aircraft.

FCX ships to commercial, military, industrial and ship shore markets across the globe, and has earned awards from the state and federal governments for export excellence, including the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting, Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry and the Presidential E-Award for Export Excellence.