By Will Soutter
Goodrich has opened its expanded state-of-the-art micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) production facility in Burnsville, Minnesota. The opening ceremony included a visit to sophisticated design, development and manufacturing areas for MEMS in the new 46,000-square-foot expansion.
The facility comes under the company’s Sensors and Integrated Systems business. The MEMS production facility will manufacture fingertip-sized silicon wafer sensors used in Goodrich’s military and commercial aerospace sensor-based systems and products. Besides the new MEMS production facility, Tom Mepham, President at Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems, mentioned the cutting-edge aerospace icing wind tunnel on the site that started operations in early 2012.
Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated System facility in Burnsville comprises over 300,000 sq. ft. of production and office space. Major products manufactured at the facility are cockpit data management systems, high-tech air data systems and different sensors and sensor-based systems for military and commercial aerospace applications.
Participants who attended the ceremony included Governor Mark Dayton, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Mark Phillips, City of Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Minnesota Senator Dan Hall, Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers, Minnesota Representative Pam Myhra, to name a few. Nearly 180 employees of the company also attended the event.
Goodrich’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marshall Larsen stated that this expansion is the result of the hard work and dedication of the company’s workers and government officials. The company looks forward to develop cutting-edge aerospace products that improve flight safety and lower operating expenses.