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AMMCOM helps launch aircraft carrier


A Hillsboro marine fittings company is celebrating its contribution to the recently christened aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford.

Advanced Manufacturing and Marine Concepts (AMMCON) supplied fittings, flanges, piping and welded assemblies to the construction of the largest, most powerful, and most technologically advanced ship ever built.

The Gerald R. Ford is the first new aircraft carrier designed in 40 years, and reflects concepts and technologies that have been adopted during 100 years of U.S. Navy carrier operations.

Ford’s design will enable it to adapt to the changing requirements necessary to support carrier aviation well into the future.

The Gerald R. Ford will be able to launch 25 percent more flight missions, its design will reduce necessary maintenance by 30 percent and will save the U.S. Navy a projected $4 billion over the carrier’s 50-year life span.

“The men and women at AMMCON have put in much dedication, hard work and talent into their manufacturing for Gerald R. Ford,” said AMMCON chief operating officer Darrell Grow. “I’m extremely proud that our company could contribute to building the Navy’s newest, most advanced aircraft carrier and that our employees will see the awesome results of their work. This is a huge achievement for everyone at AMMCON.”

AMMCON employs 50 people at its West Union Road facility and is one of 2,000 small, mid-size and large businesses from 46 states that provides parts and services for the new Ford-class carriers.