Employees at a new manufacturing facility in Rochester inspect an advanced composite made from 11 miles of carbon fibers bonded with resin. The Rochester plant, opened Monday. COURTESY (COURTESY)
High-tech partnership may lead to 400 new jobs in aerospace venture
About 200 people attended the grand opening ceremonies for the new 300,000- square-foot plant — a joint effort of Safran Aerospace Composites (SAC), a high-technology group with businesses in aerospace, defense and security, and Albany Engineered Composites (AEC) — Monday at Granite State Business Park.
"We celebrate the power of partnerships," Jean said, adding this is the result of local, state and federal officials working with business leaders for the benefit of all.
Gov. Maggie Hassan said the project will help the Seacoast and the state emerge as a leader in the aerospace industry.
"It's bringing high-tech jobs to the Granite State," Hassan said.
Since production began in September, the facility has already finished more than 600 advanced composite blades, which help power the LEAP-X, a new generation of aircraft engines, according to Michael Rigalle, vice president and general manager of SAC in Rochester.
In order to meet the demand, the two companies partnered with Great Bay Community College (GBCC), which is based in Portsmouth, and created an advanced composites manufacturing course just a few miles away along Rt. 125.
"It was something new and upcoming, something I could advance in," Uyeno said, adding this opportunity provides her with a career, rather than a mere job.
Francois Delattre, ambassador of the French Republic, said this is the latest example of the long-standing relationship between France and the United States, especially in New Hampshire.
Joseph Morone, president and CEO of Albany International Corp., said the proprietary technology used at the facility and its sister plant in France will be used in "nearly half of commercial engines built in the next decade."