Chromalloy to expand, add 125 jobs

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com Newnan's Chromalloy facility has announced an expansion that is expected to bring 125 new jobs over the next year. Chromalloy, located in the Shenandoah Industrial Park, repairs components of aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines.
The expansion will increase the types of components the company works on, said Tim Ulles, general manager of the Newnan location. "We're expanding some of the engine programs that we work on today," Ulles said. Chromalloy will be "performing similar repairs but on additional components." Chromalloy will add new capabilities to the existing facility, building new lean manufacturing lines to service additional turbine power systems. The expansion is already under way, Ulles said. For the past several months, the company has done some recruiting and hiring, and will be ramping that up over the next few month. "The types of jobs that we will be hiring for will be welders, machinists, shipping and receiving people" as well as engineers and customer service employees, Ulles said. "The anticipation is that this hiring effort will continue over the next year," Ulles said. Airlines, both commercial and military, are a major customer base for Chromalloy, said Chromalloy spokeswoman Kathy Gedvilas. Airlines "constantly overhaul engines," Ulles said. "With the very high quality standards in the aerospace industry, only so many cycles can be utilized with an engine before they have to be overhauled." Airlines will send the engines to an engine shop, which will break down the engines into all their components and then analyze each component. Those that need repair or remanufacturing are sent to companies such as Chromalloy. Various Chromalloy facilities work on different types of engine components. "We're the compressor part of the engine," Ulles said. Customers for the repair of industrial gas turbine components include power companies and other industrial customers, Gedvilas said. "Chromalloy is pleased to offer engine operators additional advanced repairs and services at our greater Atlanta area facility," said Armand F. Lauzon Jr., president of Chromalloy. "We have worked closely with the state of Georgia, Governor Deal's office, and the Coweta County Development Authority to bring this development and work to the area -- and we look forward to significantly expanding our presence in the community." "Chromalloy has played an important part in our economic success for decades," said Greg Wright, president of the Coweta County Development Authority. "We are delighted that the company has chosen to expand its Newnan facility," he said. "Chromalloy is a great company and an outstanding community partner and I join with the people of Coweta County in thanking the company, its leadership and its employees for their continued commitment to our area." The 130,000 square foot Newnan facility has been in operation since 1990. Wright said the development authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have been working with Chromalloy on the project for quite some time. The facility is located in an area the CCDA and Coweta County declared a "less developed Census tract," which allows Chromalloy to be eligible for additional job tax credits, Wright said. Ulles said there are several reasons why the company decided to expand the Newnan location. "One, we're pleased and proud to be a member of the Newnan-Coweta business community," he said. "It's a very good place for business. We're very well supported." "We have a very committed and educated workforce, and we just look forward to adding more of the same here in Newnan, to expand the lines of operation," Ulles said. "We find there is a rich talent base here for skilled workers," he said, and "we have robust training programs that allow us to develop people, as well."


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