ATK to open new aerostructures composites facility in Utah

The newest ATK facility in Clearfield, Utah, already has $1 billion in new business, including work on the Airbus A350 XWB.



The Standard-Examiner newspaper in Davis County, Utah, reported on Sept. 9 that Alliant Techsystems (ATK, Minneapolis, Minn.) plans to open a second facility in Clearfield, Utah’s Freeport Center business park, to produce composite aircraft structures, including parts for the upcoming Airbus A350 XWB. The report says ATK president Mark DeYoung announced the company’s new Composites Center of Excellence at a news conference in Clearfield City Hall. The facility will be funded in part by a $19 million (USD), 20-year state tax credit. ATK, according to the report, will invest more than $100 million in the facility to manufacture commercial airframes, classified military parts and commercial engine structures. The company will renovate a 615,000-ft² (57,135m²) building and will initially hire more than 100 people. DeYoung claims that ATK already has secured $1 billion in new business that can be fed to the facility, the most significant of which is a contract for composites work on the Airbus A350 XWB. The Composites Center eventually will double the number of people working at the ATK Aerospace Structures facilities in Davis County. ATK’s existing composite facility in the Freeport Center employs 775 people and recently unveiled new machinery designed to help build the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.