Last Thursday, RTI International Metals Inc. (RTI) hosted an event celebrating its inaugural production of certified commercial aerospace titanium for Airbus.
The $135 million forging, grinding and hot rolling manufacturing facility was first announced in 2008. The plant is located at the Patriot Centre, an industrial park jointly developed by Henry County and the City of Martinsville.
While 25 jobs have been created to date, that number is expected to increase as the plant ramps up production. At full capacity the facility can produce 14 million pounds of product annually.
The inaugural production follows 10 months of certification testing to meet the high quality standards of Airbus. The titanium will be used in Airbus’ passenger jets, including the company’s A350 XWB aircraft. As RTI completes additional qualifications, it expects its titanium to be used in an extended number of Airbus programs.
According to RTI Vice Chairman, CEO and President Dawn Hickton, “RTI is the largest North American titanium supplier to Airbus and its parent company, EADS, and this new facility adds an additional link in RTI’s ability to meet their needs across the entire supply chain.”
This project exemplifies the strength of Virginia’s advanced manufacturing capabilities across the Commonwealth. The aerospace industry is taking note as well: Business Facilities magazine ranked Virginia No. 7 as an Aerospace/Defense Industry Leader in its 2012 State Rankings Report.
More than 230 aerospace companies are located in Virginia and the Commonwealth has received more than $1.5 billion in capital investment for aerospace projects over the last ten years. To learn more, click here.
Governor McDonnell addresses company and local officials at the RTI International Metals event in Martinsville, Va.