8/1/2014 EDA Press Release

Curtiss-Wright | Nuclear Division | LMT relocating testing division to Hutchinson
Hutchinson, MN August 1, 2014

 LMT, a business unit in the Nuclear Division of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, is consolidating testing operations with its sister company Anatec in Hutchinson, MN.  The project is expected to create 5-10 jobs initially.

LMT is an inspection provider of full service Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) services to the Power, Petrochemical, Construction, Defense, and Transportation industries, both in the United States and abroad.  The company was established in 1975 as the nuclear industry’s first independent inspection company and has been a leader in the NDE industry for over 39 years. The company employs some of the most experienced examiners in the industry to provide ISI inspections, steam generator eddy current inspections, phased array ultrasonic testing, and balance-of-plant inspections of components and piping.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) has a long history with its roots dating back to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first flight in 1903, and Mr. Glenn Curtiss, the father of naval aviation. In 1929, the companies founded by these three great aviation pioneers, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company and Wright Aeronautical Corporation, merged to form the largest aircraft company at the time, Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

Today, Curtiss-Wright is a diversified, multinational provider of highly engineered, technologically advanced products and services. Curtiss-Wright maintains a balanced and diversified business portfolio with revenues generated across our three segments: Commercial/Industrial, Defense and Energy, which support several of the largest, most vital industries in the world. Curtiss-Wright has been a publicly traded company for nearly 85 years and its highly engineered, innovative products and services are recognized for their advanced technology and unsurpassed reliability.

The company had been exploring several locations in the U.S. over the past year before recently committing to Hutchinson.  A major part of the decision to relocate was due to the proximity of Ridgewater College’s Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) program.

“LMT is very proud and elated for the opportunity to be associated with Ridgewater College and the City of Hutchinson. It is the first step towards a strong relationship and strategic alliance that will place both LMT and Ridgewater College as the premiere authorities of NDT in the commercial nuclear power market.”—Jeff Devers, Vice President of LMT

“It is exciting to have LMT joining the Hutchinson community.  Their expertise is a natural fit with Ridgewater’s NDT program and their presence helps to reinforce Hutchinson as a leader in the non-destructive examination field,” Hutchinson Mayor Steve Cook said. “I want to congratulate the Hutchinson EDA and Ridgewater College for their collaborative efforts to help bring LMT to Hutchinson.”   

The Hutchinson Economic Development Authority (EDA) assisted the company with the facility search that included several sites.  LMT will enter into a service agreement with Ridgewater College that will allow the company to be housed at Ridgewater’s Business Development Center.  As part of the service agreement, LMT and Anatec will act in an adjunct instructor capacity and also allow access to specialized equipment that would not otherwise be available to NDT students.

 The company is planning a $100,000.00 build out/renovation at the Business Development Center and hopes to be operational by September 1st.  The company’s plans also call for regular training sessions that will result in groups of 20-30 people periodically coming to Hutchinson for weeklong training.

“We are excited to be entering into this innovative agreement with LMT. Having them co-located on our campus will be a tremendous benefit to both Ridgewater NDT program students and corporate partners looking for non-credit workforce training. Combining LMT’s position as an industry leader in NDT services in the nuclear power generation industry and Ridgewater’s long and prestigious history as an NDT educator makes for an exciting opportunity to advance NDT instruction and workforce development to new levels.”—Sam Bowen, Dean of Customized Training and Continuing Education

“LMT is a cutting-edge company that is internationally recognized as a leader in their field,” said EDA Director Lee Miller. “We’re absolutely thrilled that LMT chose Hutchinson after a nationwide search for the new home of their testing division and proudly welcome them to the community.”

The Hutchinson EDA serves as the city’s economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, redevelopment, workforce and community development. For more details about the EDA and its services, visit us at www.hutchinsoneda.com .