08 Apr Budney Aerospace Ups Manufacturing Capacity In Berlin
Budney Aerospace Ups Manufacturing Capacity In Berlin
A Berlin jet engine partsmaker is adding 10,000 square feet to its manufacturing facilities, an expansion the company hopes will bring new customers and bigger orders.
The new building under construction at Budney Aerospace will be the company’s third expansion at Spruce Brook Industrial Park, where it’s been producing engine components for more than 50 years. The facility will now have 53,000 square feet of manufacturing space, managing director Emir Redzic said.
Those previous build-outs helped the company land bigger clients, including GE, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Rolls-Royce, and negotiate long-term agreements worth more than $400 million over the last few years, according to Sen. Chris Murphy, who highlighted the company’s work last month.
But they haven’t allowed Budney Aerospace to keep pace with increased demand from the industry, Redzic said.
Unfilled aircraft and parts orders nationwide totaled nearly $650 billion in 2017, up from $380 billion 10 years ago, according to the Aerospace Industries Association. In the defense sector alone, unfilled orders reached a record high last year of $72.5 billion, up from $58.4 billion a decade ago.
With the industry’s growth, Budney Aerospace is exploring a partnership with Central Connecticut State University, which is planning to build a new, $62 million engineering building on its New Britain campus.
The company has also set its sights on United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney operation in East Hartford, where a new engineering headquarters opened in November.
Despite a relationship with the engine manufacturer’s Quebec division, Budney Aerospace hasn’t been able to secure business from the company’s headquarters just 15 miles away.
“We really just do prototype work for [Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford], not production work — nor can we handle any production work,” Redzic said Wednesday. “Hence the new building, so we have the additional capacity.”
Budney Aerospace is also hiring about 20 engineers, machinists and programmers to join its workforce of 190, which has doubled in size over the last decade.
On March 19, Murphy showcased the company as his “Monday Manufacturer,” one of the senator’s occasional series to highlight the role of manufacturing in Connecticut’s economy.