Alcoa’s newly designed 50,000-ton forging press in Cleveland is up and running. The giant press strengthens Alcoa’s position as a preeminent supplier of large aluminum, titanium, nickel and steel forgings to the aerospace, defense and other markets.
announced this week the completion and restart of its redesigned
50,000-ton forging press at the company’s Cleveland Works. A $100
million dollar investment that Alcoa announced in 2009, the new press
strengthens Alcoa’s position as the preeminent supplier of large
aluminum, titanium, nickel and steel forgings to the aerospace, defense,
energy and industrial markets.
our advanced alloy and manufacturing process technology with our
state-of-the-art 50,000 ton press capabilities, we will be unmatched,”
said Eric Roegner, president, Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions, at a
special celebration shared with federal, state and local legislators,
community and industrial leaders, and employees. “Our unique press
offers the ability for Cleveland Works to double its capacity to serve
our customers in the commercial and defense aerospace markets as well as
industrial and energy markets.”
multi-million dollar investment involved the complete redesign and
modernization of the 50,000-ton press, a 92-foot structure—with five
stories above and seven below the ground—that began production in 1955.
one of only five existing heavy closed die forging presses in the
United States, this national historic engineering landmark is
strategically important to our nation’s defense and Alcoa’s commercial
competitiveness,” said Roegner. The press was originally installed as
part of the Air Force Heavy Press program following World War II and has
been used to build parts for nearly every military aircraft,
helicopter, and tracked and combat vehicles from the 1950s through
iconic press played an integral role in Alcoa’s rich history and will
be an equally key component to our company’s future growth and success,”
Roegner said. “It is vital not only to our business, customers, and
employees, but to the continued growth and stability of our
manufacturing operations in the greater Cleveland community.”
segmented die technology, advanced alloys, and proprietary signature
stress relief technologies allow Alcoa to make parts that are larger,
thicker and more complex than those that can be produced by competitors
on similar-sized forging presses. Alcoa Cleveland Works manufactures the
large aluminum structural die forgings for the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter Program. The forgings include bulk heads—the primary structural
support for the wing and engine that can weigh from 1,800 to 6,000
pounds and range from 10 to 23 feet in length—and wing box parts which
serve as an important component of the skeletal structure to the wing.
As part of the celebration, Lockheed Martin showcased its F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator to Alcoa’s guests.
investment was supported by a package of economic development
incentives from the state of Ohio, city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County,
village of Cuyahoga Heights and city of Independence.