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Aerospace company breaks local ground

ADI building expected to result in more than 100 jobs

Posted: October 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.

John Cave and Jerry Friedman speak at the groundbreaking ceremony of Aerospace Dynamics International's new building in Valencia on Thursday.

 

Aerospace Dynamics International Inc., or ADI, broke ground for construction of a new 88,000-square-foot manufacturing building in Santa Clarita on Thursday.

Scheduled to open by the end of 2013, the new building on Rye Canyon Road is expected to result in the creation of more than 100 jobs and represents the landing of a significant aerospace contract for ADI, officials of the company announced at a groundbreaking ceremony.

ADI will house a production facility at the location for Airbus, an aircraft manufacturing company based in France that reportedly produces nearly half of the world’s jet airliners.

The contract with Airbus is an economic shot in the arm, said Bill Barritt, chief financial officer with ADI.

“ADI is our largest strategic supplier in the United States,” said Dave Williams, vice president of procurement for Airbus Americas. “And we have $800 million worth of orders going on the books. It’s a long opportunity for growth.”

The city of Santa Clarita is committed to fast-tracking the plans for construction to move forward as soon as possible, said Councilman Bob Kellar.

A large crowd turned out to praise the aerospace company’s expansion into Santa Clarita and note the importance the growth represents for the aerospace industry and the city, county and state.

Some 160 people were on hand for the event, including members from local and county government as well as Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita.

The building will be used predominately to manufacture components for the new Airbus A350 XWB jetliner, said John Stock, sales manager with ADI.

Founded in 1989, the Valencia-based company manufactures and supplies machined parts and assemblies to the commercial and military aerospace industries.

The new building represents the seventh for the company. ADI purchased the 8.5-acre property three years ago from Southern California Edison, Stock said. The land will also provide parking for some 600 vehicles.

A machining center will house several large titanium machines, he said, and is needed to satisfy requirements that ADI has under contract with Airbus.

After the completion of the building by the end of 2013, ADI will receive eight new high-tech machines expected to increase capacity some 40 percent, Stock said.

The machines are expected to give the company a competitive edge by using fewer machines to finish more titanium parts for aircraft.

The investment in both machines and the new building is reportedly multiple millions of dollars.

“It’s for a very large intercontinental aircraft scheduled to launch in 2015,” Stock said.

ADI’s presence in Santa Clarita is important, Kellar said, because it has generated more than $100,000 to the city through a use-tax fund and the company’s growth represents an economic benefit to the region.

Airbus spends more than $1 billion in California, Williams said. The company has a long-standing partnership with ADI, creating local jobs.

“The growth at ADI is foundational to our local economy. They’re creating high-wage jobs, raising the profile of our local aerospace industry, supporting our tax base and giving back to the community,” said Jonas Peterson, president and CEO for the SCV Economic Development Corp.

When businesses like ADI do well, communities flourish and companies like ADI bring growth to local communities, said Todd Zink, Republican candidate for the 27th state Senate District. It’s an ideal community for businesses to be located in.

“The continued growth of the aerospace industry in the city and Valencia Industrial Center is a success,” said Calvin Hedman, co-chairman of the SCV Economic Development Corp. and president of Hedman Partners.

“As long as we can continue to keep aerospace concentrated here we can continue to grow. To have a big company like ADI here and building a new center is huge.”

jadkins@the-signal.com

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