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B&B unveils new ‘factory’

Cell manufactures airplane crankshafts

Posted: September 17, 2008 8:27 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp, left, Ed Masterson, field rep for Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, Jennifer Baldwin, commodity manager, Lycoming Engines, Jeff Lage, vice president of B&B Manufacturing and Fred Duncan, president of B&B Manufacturing, celebrate the grand opening of the Lean Manufacturing Cell at its Valencia offices.


B&B Manufacturing and Lycoming Engines unveiled their latest lean manufacturing cell at their Santa Clarita based facility on Tuesday.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony attracted representatives from Lycoming Engines, Parker Hannifin, HR Textron, Honda Performance Development, The Triumph Group, Aerospace Dynamics Incorporated, the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce and Miss SCV Scholarship.

The celebration was centered around the new cell that Lycoming, an aircraft engine manufacturer for 75 years, developed for the manufacture of crankcases which are used in many single-engine aircraft all over the world.
The ceremony’s presenters focused on a theme of attracting and maintaining business inside Santa Clarita Valley and Southern California. 

The Lycoming cell is basically a factory within a factory that efficiently produces product at the Santa Clarita-based manufacturing company and will generate sales of more than $15 million during the next 5 years, according to a B&B official.

“Today’s manufacturing market is challenging, we are competing in a global market,” said Jeff Lage, Vice President of B&B Manufacturing. “Our customers continue to demand low prices and our costs continue to rise in many areas including labor, raw material, and other items associated with the manufacturing process.”

Lage later added, “We are very thankful to our customer Lycoming for this opportunity and of course our employees that made this vision a reality.”


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