GF Machining Solutions Opens Aerospace and Energy Center of Competence

The North Carolina facility will improve the company’s ability to provide machining solutions to the North American aerospace and energy markets.

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The grand opening of GF Machining Solutions’ Aerospace and Energy Center of Competence will begin with an evening welcome reception at the Carolina Aviation Museum April 24, and then continue with an open house at the center itself April 25. The facility is located in Huntersville, North Carolina.

“The new facility, located in the Charlotte metro area, expands our capabilities to deliver today’s most advanced machining solutions to North American aerospace and energy manufacturers,” says Scott Fosdick, president of GF Machining Solutions Americas.

During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the 21,000-square-foot facility, including the showroom custom-engineered for machine demonstrations and test cuts, spacious training rooms, and expansive office space. Application engineers will perform live cutting demonstrations on a variety of aerospace and turbine components using AgieCharmilles wire and sinker EDM machines, Mikron three- and five-axis milling machines, and Liechti airfoil milling machines.

“With the Center of Competence, we are able to combine our North Carolina team at one location to continue to provide the superior localized customer service and support our customers have come to expect,” says Philipp Hauser, head of turbine group/Liechti Americas.

The evening welcome event will feature guest speaker Dan Vinton, a passenger on US Airways Flight 1549, the plane which successfully ditched in the Hudson River in 2009 after striking a flock of geese. Grand opening activities on Wednesday will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and lunch.

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