Wednesday, 17 December 2008
First Minister opens extension at
Goodrich Aerostructures in Prestwick
SCOTLAND’S First Minister Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP visited Goodrich Aerostructures’ Service Center in Prestwick, Ayrshire today Wednesday 17 December to formally open the new multi-million pound extension to their facility, which became operational earlier this year.
[Pictured: First Minister Alex Salmond (right); Goodrich Prestwick Service Center managing director Steve Callan (centre) and marketing & sales director John Agar (left). CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION]
The extension was constructed to support the company’s commitment to its products as a responsible OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and to facilitate the rapid growth in business which the Prestwick site has experienced in recent years.
Mr Salmond said: “Goodrich is a major global company which continues to invest in Scotland and has greatly benefited from the high value it has placed on our skilled workforce. The extension to this vast facility reflects the rapid growth and success of the company’s operations in Prestwick.
“The new extension, alongside the company’s commitment to expand, will be able to take the 280 strong workforce up to around 500. The strength and presence of Goodrich has played a significant role in establishing Prestwick as one of Europe’s aerospace hubs.
“However, the economic benefit of the company’s growth will be felt far beyond Ayrshire. Scotland leads the UK in training apprentices to meet the needs of the aerospace and defence industry. Goodrich is one of approximately 180 companies based in Scotland working in the aerospace industry, which allows them to take full advantage of our highly skilled workforce.
“The Scottish Government and Scottish Development International will continue to fully support Goodrich’s investment in Scotland, and wish them the best of luck in their expanded operations.”
Commenting on the opening, Steve Callan, Managing Director of the Prestwick Service Center, said: “We are delighted the First Minister is here to open the extension to our facility. This is an exciting time for our business, which continues to thrive despite the economic challenges facing the industry globally. Over the years we have worked hard to build a world class skills base here at Prestwick which enables us to provide a first class service in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of nacelle systems in an extremely competitive market, and this expansion is illustrative of how successful we have been in achieving this."
Mr Callan continued: “Our expertise and commitment to the customer are second to none and have recently been rewarded with the decision by Boeing to make Goodrich Aerostructures a ‘preferred supplier’ for MRO support under its Network Service Center program on their 737 Next Generation and 777 airplanes.”
Goodrich Aerostructures now offer a comprehensive support package on these nacelles.
Mr Callan added: “Our continued success is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff who are committed to providing the best possible service through a process of continuous improvement. It is this level of service and commitment which will position us favourably in terms of providing the right support to our customers who are facing a rapidly changing environment.”
Mr Callan also took the opportunity to thank Scottish Enterprise and all Goodrich’s business partners for their continued support, adding that the expansion enables the company to make a valuable contribution to both the local area and to the Scottish economy.
Goodrich Prestwick Service Center has been provided with grant assistance by Scottish Enterprise to assist with the expansion of the company’s facility and commercial activities with a view to creating circa 250 additional permanent, full-time jobs.
Ayr MSP John Scott has welcomed the news that 220 new jobs are to be created at the Goodrich Corporation’s service centre at Prestwick, following the official opening of the facility’s new extension.
Mr Scott said: “At a time when the economic news is very downbeat it is certainly great that 220 new jobs are to be created at the Prestwick centre, nearly doubling the workforce to 500 members of staff.
“Goodrich is at the cutting edge of the international aerospace industry and it is a tribute to the skills of the local workforce and to the strength of the aerospace campus at Prestwick that such a major company has the confidence to make such a significant long-term investment.”
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defence and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information visit www.goodrich.com
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