BURNS AEROSPACE ANNOUNCES NEW NAME, CELEBRATES FIRST SHIPMENT OF LARGE ORDER
BURNS AEROSPACE ANNOUNCES NEW NAME,
CELEBRATES FIRST SHIPMENT OF LARGE ORDER
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Burns Aerospace Corporation, formerly The Jepson Burns Corporation, today celebrated the adoption of its new name and began rolling one of the largest commercial passenger seat orders in aviation history off its final assembly line.
"The change in our name is a signal of plans for our future growth and diversification," President G.B. (Bud) Jewell told approximately 600 employees and community leaders at the Burns manufacturing plant here. "We will expand our line of products for aircraft interiors and add locations around the world to make, sell and service the products."
Burns currently has manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem and in Los Angeles. It also has joint ventures or affiliates in Russia, Brazil, Canada, Spain and Japan. It makes and markets aircraft seating world-wide.
Jewell announced that Burns will open a new support facility in Tulsa, Okla., November 23 to provide service to American Airlines, one of its major customers. Tom Caudle will transfer from Winston-Salem to manage the facility.
While Jewell stood with representatives of American Airlines, the first of almost 13,500 Airest Innovator(R) passenger seats were rolled onto the shipping dock to be loaded into a truck headed to Tulsa Thursday evening. The seats will be installed in American's fleet of fifty-nine DC-10 aircraft.
Jewell said the order, which the company announced several months ago, is twice as large as any other order placed with Burns and that it is thought to be the largest single order for commercial aircraft seating in the history of the industry.
The Innovator seat model takes advantage of Burns' high-speed metal machining equipment to reduce the number of individual parts needed to construct a seat. Jewell said that this approach maximizes the comfort and reliability of the seat.
"In the last three years, we have invested more than $5 million in new high-tech equipment and facilities in Winston-Salem," Jewell said. "The equipment has given us the tools we need to design and make aircraft seats that are better and more economical than any other vendor in the industry."
He also pointed out that Burns is nearing completion of a $1 million dynamic testing facility at its Winston-Salem complex, which is located on Fairchild Road adjacent to Smith Reynolds Airport. The new facility will be used to conduct tests required by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Fred Nordenholz, chairman of the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, praised Burns for creating new jobs for people in Winston-Salem. Burns has increased its employment in Winston-Salem by more than 50 percent in the last two years and now has more than 650 employees here.
/CONTACT: Jerry E. McLeese, 919-759-0195, for Burns Aerospace Corporation/ CO: Burns Aerospace Corporation ST: North Carolina IN: AIR SU: DF -- CH002 -- 6002 11/21/91 15:00 EST