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Kaman Plant in Mexico Earns AS9100B

Monday, October 31, 2011
Kaman Aerospace Group announced that its Aerostructures Division facility in Chihuahua, Mexico has received registration to the AS9100 Rev. B Aerospace Standard and to ISO 9001:2008. The AS9100B certification applies to the firm’s manufacture of rotor- and fixed-wing aircraft and space-system components for government, military and commercial customers. The 60,000-sq.-ft. Chihuahua plant produces fabricated sheetmetal and extrusion parts and subassemblies;

Acquisition Adds Machining Capabilities
to Contract Metal Fabricator

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Fabrico Inc., Oxford, MA, has acquired Johnson Tool & Manufacturing, Inc., Charlton, MA, specialists in short- to medium-run manufacture of high-tolerance components, assemblies, tools and gauges. The acquisition adds precision machining, prototyping, wire EDM, grinding and CNC milling to Fabrico’s resume. Learn more about Fabrico, a contract metal fabricator serving customers in the land-based gas turbine, semiconductor, steam-turbine and aviation industries, at; Johnson Tool is online at

Logistics Costs Force Otis Elevator’s Hand,
Last Seen Waving Bye-Bye to Mexico

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Otis Elevator has announced plans to rationalize its supply chain by consolidating design, engineering and manufacturing under one roof—that roof being its new 360-employee plant in Florence, SC. The move comes at the expense of the firm’s assembly facility in Nogales, Mexico, slated for closure. Reports note that ending its 12-yr. foray in Mexico will reduce Otis Elevator’s freight and logistics costs by 17.3 percent, and allow it gain another 20 percent in “efficiencies” by locating all design and engineering personnel at the new factory, rather than in Indiana, Arizona and Dallas as it had previously.


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