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|Barnes Aerospace Adds Pistons and Cylinders Capability to Its Service Portfolio|
|BRISTOL, Conn., Jun 14, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In today's difficult economic environment, Barnes Aerospace, a business
of Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B) and global provider of manufacturing
solutions and comprehensive component overhaul and repair services, now
offers customers an outsourcing solution for their piston and cylinder
Building on its reputation as a leading supplier of highly engineered, machined and fabricated components and assemblies in the aerospace industry, the Company has enhanced its portfolio of services, creating a Piston and Cylinder Center of Excellence at its Phoenix, Arizona facility. This new Center of Excellence reinforces the Company's commitment to deliver superior performance, quality and service to it diverse customer base.
"Customers currently manufacturing pistons and cylinders have been looking for an outsourcing partner to free up their resources or add capacity. While many of our competitors are holding steady in these difficult economic times, we, at Barnes Aerospace, continue to make strategic investments in not only our future - but that of our customers," said Brent Wiberg, President, Barnes Aerospace, OEM. "Our new Piston and Cylinder Center of Excellence delivers the leading services, skills and capabilities that customers have come to expect from Barnes Aerospace."
With top-tier performance its highest priority, the Company assembled a cross-functional team of its leading engineers, lean experts, materials specialists and quality managers to establish the Piston and Cylinder Center of Excellence. Twelve new state-of-the-art machines, including mill/turns and deep hole drills, have been added to the Phoenix Division, providing piston and cylinder machining capabilities up to 1.5 meters in length and deep hole drilling up to 3 meters. This investment expands the Company's opportunities on commercial and military platforms, and is already paying off. GE Mechanical Systems, a division of GE Aviation, recently awarded the Company a multi-million dollar contract for pistons and cylinders for its A380 and 787 landing gear assemblies through 2022.
"Our customers expect the best from Barnes Aerospace and we deliver with the Piston and Cylinder Center of Excellence. Our team has scrutinized every phase of the implementation process from investing in the most durable and dependable machines to providing in-depth training to our operators," Wiberg said. "The multi-faceted transition plan also included pre-production Kaizen events and culminated in the restructuring of the Phoenix facility's layout to maximize manufacturing efficiencies."
To learn more, visit Barnes Aerospace's Web site at BarnesAero.com.
About Barnes Aerospace and Barnes Group Inc.
Barnes Aerospace provides superior manufacturing solutions and comprehensive component overhaul and repair services to the world's major turbine manufacturers, commercial airlines and the military. The company provides highly engineered machined and fabricated components and assemblies for aircraft engines and airframe manufacturers and land-based industrial gas turbines. Working to AS 9100 standards, Barnes Aerospace delivers the highest quality and most cost-effective solutions to our customers using high temperature titanium, inconel, hastelloy, stainless steel and nickel alloy materials.
Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B) is a diversified global manufacturer and logistical services company focused on providing precision component manufacturing and operating service support. Founded in 1857, the 5,100 dedicated employees at more than 60 locations worldwide are committed to achieving consistent and sustainable profitable growth. For more information, visit www.BGInc.com. Barnes Group, the Critical Components People.
SOURCE: Barnes Group Inc.