NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Sept. 20, 4:50 p.m. .ET) — An InterTech Group Inc. unit plans to build a manufacturing facility in North Charleston to meet demand from aviation customers mostly in the Southeast.
The bulk of the work is likely to involve the aerostructures division of InterTech subsidiary TigHitco Co. Inc. Phase one calls for about 350 employees and a 120,000-square-foot building costing $30 million-$40 million in Palmetto Commerce Park.
“We have yet to determine specifically which parts to produce and what equipment to acquire” but anticipate making decisions by the end of 2011, said Julian Tiedemann, InterTech executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Customers dictate what they want and the logistics of where we ship the parts.”
The aerostructures division makes polymer-matrix-composite structures utilizing epoxy, polyester, phenolic and polyamide resins; fiberglass, graphite, Kevlar, Nomex and boron reinforcements; and honeycomb structures. In addition to multiple autoclaves, the division has in-house capabilities for tool design, core detail fabrication and laboratory testing.
TigHitco aerospace customers include Boeing Co., Bombardier Inc., Textron Inc.'s Cessna Aircraft Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., General Dynamics Corp.'s Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and Spirit AeroSystems Inc. End uses include floor panel assemblies, shelf, interior and wing panels, flight control structures, nacelle structures, fan reverser components and nose gear doors.
TigHitco has existing plants and operations in Atlanta; Berlin and East Granby, Conn.; and San Luis Potosí and Chihuahua, Mexico.
The Zucker family owns North Charleston-based InterTech. Anita Zucker, widow of InterTech founder Jerry Zucker, is CEO, and their son, Jonathan Zucker, is president.