Rockmart, Georgia - US maker of flexible fuel tanks Engineered Fabrics Corp. is to expand its current plant in Rockmart to meet rapid growth in demand, especially for uses in military aircraft. The expansion involves investing $5 million in a new building and adding 150 to its present 700-strong workforce, said a 23 April announcement from the company.
Engineered Fabrics, a subsidiary of K and F Industries, supplies flexible bladder fuel tanks for use by the US military, commercial transport and general aviation. The company uses a range of materials for these tanks, including polyurethane.
Construction of a 60 000 sq.ft (5600 sq.m) expandable building on its current property in Rockmart will start immediately, and the new area will start operating in early 2008, said Engineered Fabrics.
"EFC has experienced tremendous growth in orders, particularly from military programs, such as the KC-135 aerial refueling plane and the V-22 vertical takeoff and landing aircraft," said Kenneth Schwartz, K & F Industries president and ceo, in the EFC announcement.
The expansion "will enable us to meet the requirements for these and other important programs, and ensure sufficient capacity for the future," Schwartz added. epw
PIC: A KC-135 Stratotanker refuels F-16 Fighting Falcons over Peru 15 Feb 2007. (US Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt Eric Kreps)."