Collins Aerospace has broken ground on a 20,000 square-foot expansion of its Cargo Systems facility in Jamestown, North Dakota. The project is the first of a four-phase expansion plan to modernise operations in Jamestown, add needed manufacturing space, and position the facility to meet current and increasing processing needs.
The current 200,000 square-foot facility supplies powered cargo systems for commercial widebody aircraft and is also a provider for military aircraft, including the Collins Cargo On/Off Loading System (COOLS) for the Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
“The current and future success of our cargo business is largely dependent on the critical work performed from our Jamestown site. This re-investment helps ensure Collins is best equipped to deliver our customers the advanced cargo systems that enable the swift and efficient movement of freight across the globe,” said Brad Haselhorst, vice president and general manager of military, safety & cargo systems for Collins Aerospace
The expansion includes space for new state-of-the-art chemical processing and paint lines designed to maximise operational efficiency, improve site ergonomics and expedite delivery schedules. The chemical processing line will grow to include 8-10 additional tanks, expanding the internal parts processing capabilities of the facility.
The first phase of the Jamestown facility expansion is expected to be completed by May 2023, with the entire project to be completed by 2027.