Goodrich Corporation conducted a formal initiation ceremony to expand its existing sq.ft sensors and integrated system (SIS) facility with an area of 243,000 sq.ft by acquiring a 57,000sq.ft plot in Burnsville in Minn.
Goodrich’s wind tunnel testing operation will get a fifth of the new space, to wind tunnel test and analyze the products developed by the company in real-time conditions. The rest of the land will be utilized to extend the MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) fabrication establishment, and will help in producing pint-sized (dimension of a fingertip) silicon wafer sensors, that are being used by the company’s sensor systems in commercial, military and aerospace sectors. The expansion programme will culminate by the year 2012.
According to Elizabeth Kautz, President of US conference of mayors, and Mayor of Burnsville, the prime issue of contention for any mayor, would be job advancements and business investments in the locality, which is being satisfied by Goodrich to a great extent. She stated that the community would definitely benefit by this exercise.
Dan Mc Elroy DEED’s Commissioner, affirmed that Goodrich’s expansion is for the greater good of the Burnsville population, and also that they were waiting with eagerness to be a partner in Goodrich’s future schemes in Minnesota.
The General Manager and Vice President of Goodrich SIS, Phil Rosnik, commented that the expansion was due to the sheer hard-work done by Goodrich’s several thousand brilliant work force, and that they have made Goodrich into what it is today. They were also grateful to the bureaucracy in local and state areas, for all the help rendered.
Goodrich’s premier product in 1956 in Rosemount, Minn was an air temperature measuring sensor for a jet aircraft, and over the years it has proved to be an enterprising leader in its field, by expanding gradually to reach its current towering heights with a total of 4000 employees.