Cobham will open a new composite-parts manufacturing facility in Suffolk, Va., which will manufacture advanced composite products for the aerospace and defense industry. Cobham anticipates creating almost 200 new jobs during the first five years of the new facility’s operations.
Complementing similar facilities in San Diego, Calif., the Suffolk facility will operate as part of Cobham’s Defense Systems division. Both the East Coast and West Coast facilities will produce similar products; however, at the Suffolk locale, there will be a strong emphasis on high-volume production programs of advanced aircraft-engine components, aircraft and rotorcraft structural products, unmanned aerial vehicle components, as well as missile and munitions products for the U.S. defense industry.
“The most significant factors that sold us on Suffolk included its outstanding quality of living, close proximity to
excellent academic institutions with complementary curricula to our industry, and most importantly a high-technology skilled and disciplined workforce available through the over 18, 000 retiring military personnel annually, ” said Jeremy Wensinger, president Cobham Defense Systems division.