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Meggitt dedicates $9.3M Danville expansion that adds 66 jobs

Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems dedicated a $9.3 million expansion of its Danville operation on Tuesday.

Meggitt officials said the expansion will be used to clean and repair used carbon braking systems and ship them back out in like-new condition. An estimated 66 jobs are being created by the expansion.

During the two-part project, Meggitt “relocated and integrated its wheel-and-brake maintenance and repair operations facility from Akron, Ohio, to Danville,” according to a news release.

Meggitt also “expanded its carbon brake manufacturing capacity with three new production furnaces and related support machines,” according to the release.

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com Gov. Matt Bevin addresses the employees and visitors to Meggitt Aircraft Braking Sytems, celebrating a $9.3 million expansion project.

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Gov. Matt Bevin addresses the employees and visitors to Meggitt Aircraft Braking Sytems, celebrating a $9.3 million expansion project.

“The expansion will help (Meggitt) meet current and future demand from new clients, including providing components for the Canadian Bombardier C-Series aircraft and Gulfstream 650 business jet,” the release reads.

“This new expansion represents the company’s ongoing commitment to central Kentucky and exemplifies the Commonwealth’s increasing role in the global aerospace industry,” said Gov. Matt Bevin, who was among state and local dignitaries who attended the dedication. “We are grateful for Meggitt’s continued investment in the commonwealth and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

The Danville location is one of five Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems factories. It is an important piece of Meggitt’s operations because every part comes through the Danville factory before going to the customers, said Luke Durudogan, president of Meggitt.

“Everything comes here and is shipped from here,” Durudogan said. “I’m very proud of these people.”

Kendra Peek/kendra.peek@amnews.com Gov. Matt Bevin shakes hands with Kevin Gaud, electrical engineer for the repair facility at Meggitt

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Gov. Matt Bevin shakes hands with Kevin Gaud, electrical engineer for the repair facility at Meggitt

Bevin and Durudogan were joined by Meggitt employees and officials, Boyle County Judge-Executive Harold McKinney, Danville Mayor Mike Perros, Danville City Commissioner Rick Serres and Economic Development Partnership Chairman Rick Trollinger.

The expansion had been underway for several months, said Carolyn Meade, the repair station manager, who was able to help hire the employees.

“I watched it from being empty to now. We hired a good group, a great group of employees,” Meade said. “I couldn’t be prouder. It feels good to celebrate them.”

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