Collins Aerospace Expands Brake Production

Collins Aerospace, an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business, has announced a significant $200 million investment to expand its carbon brake production facility in Spokane, Washington. This multi-year project aims to increase the site’s manufacturing capacity by over 50%, adding 70,000 square feet of space to meet the rising demand for carbon brakes from commercial and military sectors.

Key Highlights

  • $200 million investment to expand the Spokane manufacturing site.
  • 70,000 square feet of additional space, including up to three new buildings and additional furnaces.
  • Increased production capacity to meet the growing demand for carbon brakes.
  • Enhanced manufacturing capabilities with the latest process innovations and efficiencies.

Collins Aerospace plays a vital role in the Pacific Northwest aerospace manufacturing industry and significantly contributes to Spokane’s economy and technological innovation. This expansion is expected to boost the local economy and enhance the company’s production capabilities.

Matt Maurer, vice president and general manager for Landing Systems at Collins Aerospace, stated, “This expansion will enhance both our manufacturing capacity and capabilities with the latest in process innovation and efficiencies while ensuring our workforce readiness to meet the growing global demand for our carbon brakes.”

The Spokane site specializes in the production of braking systems using DURACARB® carbon disk technology, known for its longer brake life and cost savings. Carbon brakes offer superior durability and can withstand high temperatures, making them ideal for both commercial and military applications.

Governor Jay Inslee expressed his support, stating, “We are excited to see Collins select Washington state for this expansion of high-tech manufacturing. These new jobs will add to a growing aerospace sector in Spokane County, and the state has committed to partnering on further efforts that ensure the county can offer companies a world-class aerospace workforce and positive business environment.”

About Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, leads in integrated and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. With 80,000 employees, the company focuses on advancing sustainable and connected aviation, passenger safety and comfort, mission success, and space exploration.

About RTX

RTX employs over 185,000 people globally, pushing the boundaries of technology and science to redefine connectivity and protection. Through its leading businesses – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon – RTX advances aviation, engineering integrated defense systems, and develops next-generation technology solutions and manufacturing. The company, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, reported $69 billion in sales for 2023.

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