A ‘dream’ comes true for RTI

WEATHERSFIELD – The RTI International Metals plant here will likely be seeing additional work after the company was chosen by The Boeing Company to take on expanded titanium parts manufacturing, machining and assembly for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane seat tracks.

RTI International Metals Inc. announced the agreement Monday, noting that some of the additional titanium parts called for in the agreement will be produced in its Ohio titanium mills.

Dan Crookshank, director of Investor Relations for RTI, said the contract could mean increased production at RTI’s plants in Weathersfield and Canton.

“The volumes of production to come out of this assembly agreement might touch both facilities because they do have complementary capabilities,” Crookshank said.

He declined to be more specific on which of the two plants might see the bulk of the work, but noted the Weathersfield plant has additional downstream milling capabilities.

Crookshank did not expect the new contract to require any additional staffing.

“It’s a very nice contract to have. It shows our integrated platform, but we don’t anticipate that it’s going to add new jobs,” Crookshank said.

The contract also will mean final machining and sub-assembly at RTI Claro’s Quebec, Canada, plant and extrusion work at RTI Extrusions in Houston.

RTI already manufactures the Dreamliner’s seat track system, but the new agreement calls for more sub-assembly work by RTI for the manufacture of the seat track system. The company’s Engineered Products and Services Segment now will handle structural assembly in advance of RTI manufacturing center fuselage seat track system parts for final airplane installation, along with other parts.

“RTI’s selection by Boeing to perform expanded work across our integrated supply chain for the 787-seat track system demonstrates confidence in RTI’s ability to perform as well as the enhanced value we provide through our vertically integrated supply chain capabilities,” said Christian Sauve, vice president and general manager at RTI Claro.

“In addition, this new agreement with Boeing highlights opportunities that can be realized through RTI’s strong, strategic level customer relationships. We look forward to successfully executing this additional work package and to exploring additional opportunities to further expand our partnering relationship,” Sauve said.

Messages left Monday for leadership at the United Steel Workers Local in Niles were not immediately returned.

The global manufacturer is headquartered in Pittsburgh, and operates three facilities in Ohio, including one in Weathersfield Township which employs more than 350 workers, and two other plants in Canton.