Fort Worth lands California aviation firm

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Fort Worth has landed another California company and added to the area’s aviation infrastructure.

Calcomp, Inc., a manufacturer of commercial aircraft engine composites, is moving its facility from Santa Fe Springs, California to Fort Worth. The company has selected a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located in north Fort Worth near Loop 820 and Blue Mound Road.

Calcomp phased move will take place from June – December of this year. The company will relocate 15 employees from California and plans to hire approximately 30-35 workers in North Texan.

“We considered several sites in Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Utah, but Fort Worth’s existing aviation infrastructure clearly made this city stand out as the best location for Calcomp’s new facility,” said Fred Donnelly, president of Calcomp, in a news release. “In addition to its business attributes, David Berzina and the Fort Worth Chamber’s economic development team are a major reason we selected this city. From the moment we first contacted Fort Worth, the Chamber quickly responded to all of our questions and made key introductions for us throughout the community. Fort Worth is welcoming our company with open arms, and we feel like this city will really value our presence.”

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Established more than 25 years ago in Paramount, California, Calcomp manufactures APU turbine engine composites for commercial aircraft of all sizes. The company provides engine manufacturers around the world with products that reduce aircraft weight and increase fuel efficiency.

“When you consider the long history and strength of Fort Worth’s aviation and aerospace industry, I simply cannot think of a better place for Calcomp to call home,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

“In recent years, the Fort Worth Chamber has helped several California-based companies, like Calcomp, relocate to Fort Worth to reduce their costs and maximize operational efficiency,” said Dee Kelly, Jr., chairman of the board of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber prides itself on being responsive to the needs of all companies that are considering Fort Worth for relocation or expansion opportunities, and it is encouraging to know that our enthusiasm is making a difference. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Calcomp as we help them transition into the Fort Worth business community.”

Fort Worth’s aviation community includes more than 22,000 aerospace employees, including a large number of former military personnel with extensive experience in engineering and avionics. This labor pool is augmented by workforce development programs with partners such as Tarrant County College, which offers specialized training programs along with a certification and degree program in avionics.

Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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