Loc Performance Announces Major Expansion in Lapeer
Posted By: DBUSIENSS on July 20, 2023. For more information, please click here to read the source article.
Loc Performance in Plymouth Township, a leading provider of military vehicle systems, today announced a significant expansion at its facility in Lapeer. The cost and size of the project was not disclosed.
Overall, the company provides track systems, mechanical systems, armor products, fabricated structures, and rubberized products for military, agricultural, and construction applications.
The new project in Lapeer, the company states, includes a major capital investment in new equipment and will add skilled jobs. The new resources will support Air Defense Systems for its key customer Raytheon, an RTX business, a leading supplier of defense technology.
“This expanded business with Raytheon at our Lapeer facility broadens the support Loc offers the U.S. Department of Defense,” says Jeff Hanson, vice president of manufacturing at Loc Performance. “Loc is proud to be a growing supplier in the defense sector, providing critical products for M1 Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), and now Raytheon.”
The new capital investment will include a 5-axis FPT bridge mill to support Raytheon. The bridge mill will provide flexibility and accuracy benefits, and it will strengthen Loc’s partnership with FPT as Loc prepares for further expected growth and the addition of several more 5-axis machines.
The new equipment is expected to be fully operational by the beginning of October. At full capacity, the new equipment will increase the Loc Lapeer 5-axis production machining by 20 percent. The expansion solidifies Loc’s commitment to the area as one of the largest defense employers in Lapeer.
“The whole Loc Lapeer team worked together to make this exciting opportunity happen for our facility,” says David Atkinson, plant manager at Loc Lapeer. “We are thrilled to be growing our partnership with Raytheon, supporting their advanced technology with our incredible workforce in Lapeer.”
Loc Performance has more than 1.7 million square feet of manufacturing space with facilities in Plymouth Township, Lansing, Lapeer, and St. Marys, Ohio, with around 1,000 employees.
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