AAR expands composites manufacturing operations

AAR Corp. is leasing 90,000 sq ft of additional manufacturing space in Sacramento, Calif., for composites manufacturing.

AAR Corp. (Clearwater, Fla.) announced on Feb. 19 at the Singapore Airshow that it is significantly expanding its AAR Composites manufacturing operations with the lease of a 90,000 ft2 facility located at the McClellan Business Park, formerly McClellan Air Force Base, in Sacramento, Calif.

AAR will occupy the portion of the McClellan facility formerly used by the U.S. Air Force for manufacturing composite replacement aircraft parts. The expansion provides more than four times the company's current composites manufacturing capability through additional equipment and added capacity at the facility. The new facility will employee approximately 200 when fully operational. For employment opportunities, e-mail clearwater_hr@aarcorp.com.

"Increasingly, the aircraft community is using a higher percentage of composite content in the manufacturing process as it seeks to take advantage of the material's improved strength and lighter weight,"said David P. Storch, chairman and CEO of AAR. "We're expanding our composites manufacturing capacity to capitalize on this trend and keep pace with our customers' changing requirements.”

AAR Composites has a 27 year history in the development, design, engineering, tooling and fabrication of advanced composite structures for the aviation and transportation industries. AAR Composites operates as part of AAR's Structures and Systems segment, which currently accounts for approximately 25 percent of the company's sales.