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Bird-Johnson Co broadens propeller line.

Bird-Johnson Co Broadens Propeller Line

Bird-Johnson Co, Walpole, MA, has announced acquisition of certain assets of the Doran-Alabama Propeller Co, Inc, Mobile, AL. The purchase, in combination with other holdings, reportedly will position Bird-Johnson as the leading supplier of fixed pitch propellers for the commercial marine market in the U.S.

The company now offers shipbuilders, owners and operators a broad range of stainless steel and bronze fixed pitch propeller styles for all applications.

Bird-Johnson, a leader in the manufacture of marine controllable pitch propellers for more than 30 years, entered the fixed pitch propeller market in 1986. At that time, it acquired the Coolidge propeller foundries located in Seattle, WA, and Pascagoula, MS. The Seattle facility has been producing the 3 to 12 ft propeller line, while the plant in Pascagoula manufactures large fixed pitch propellers in both stainless steel and bronze.

Doran-Alabama has been reconditioning and casting bronze fixed propellers for commercial and naval use since 1950. It operates a complete foundry and machine shop facility.

All of Bird-Johnson's fixed pitch propeller foundry operations are being restructured under its newly formed Gulf Coast Operations. In addition to his current responsibilities, Jim Elliott, manager of Pascagoula Operations, will become general manager for the Gulf Coast Operations.

One of Elliott's primary responsibilities will be to oversee the realignment of the Mobile facility to handle Bird-Johnson's Coolidge and Doran-Alabama intermediate propeller manufacturing requirements. This restructuring of Bird-Johnson's fixed pitch propeller operations will double manufacturing and employment capacity at the Mobile facility.

Nathan Scott, former plant manager for Doran-Alabama, will assume the management responsibilities of the Mobile facility.

Bird-Johnson is a wholly owned subsidiary of Axel Johnson, Inc, a privately held, multi-industry corporation headquartered in New York.
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Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Oct 1, 1989
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