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Ravenswood Plant To Make Airbus Parts

Fri, 05/25/2012 - 10:08am
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Constellium Rolled Products' plant in Ravenswood will help make jet frames under an agreement with Airbus and its parent company.

Paris-based Constellium announced the $2 billion agreement Thursday with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co.

Constellium says aluminum products from Constellium's major plants in Ravenswood; Issoire, France; and Sierre, Switzerland, will be used for all of Airbus' key commercial and defense aircraft models.

Christophe Villemin, president of Constellium's Global Aerospace Division, calls the agreement "a significant accomplishment."

In January, a $46 million aluminum stretcher debuted at the Ravenwood plant. Company officials say the stretcher reduces internal stresses in the metal created by other steps in the manufacturing process.

At nearly 1,000 workers, the plant is Jackson County's largest employer.

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