US Airways - June 2013 - (Page 68)

Where Business soars Michelin and Keller USA fly high in Charlotte USA. By Gina Carroll Howard ★ The Breguet biplane replica that stands outside Michelin’s headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, is a testament to the company’s century-long commitment to aerospace. Michelin helped design and build the World War I aircraft for the French army. “Michelin’s commitment to global mobility is at the heart of the company, and airplanes are a critical part of that mobility,” says Preston Gray, plant manager of its Norwood, North Carolina, facility, one of Michelin’s three aircraft-tire factories worldwide. The 500-employee plant’s primary mission is to produce aircraft tires for U.S. and foreign military and commercial planes. Michelin came to Stanly County in 1989 when it purchased a Goodrich aircraft-tire plant. It stayed because of the quality of the workforce and strong work ethic typical to the region. The 68 june 2013 partnership formed with Stanly Community College and the proximity to key customers like US Airways also have played critical roles in the plant’s longevity in the region. Keller USA, too, was drawn to the 16-county Charlotte region by the international airport’s daily Paris and Frankfurt flights and extensive service to other foreign and U.S. business destinations. Another attraction was Keller’s growing regional customer base of airframe suppliers, including Siemens, Daimler, GE, and UTC. However, it was the raves by one of its customers that really got Keller’s attention. “We visited Winbro Group Technologies in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and they couldn’t say enough good things about the area,” says Keller USA executive vice president Jeff Zullo. Zullo had been searching for a location to develop sales and support for the company’s growing environmentalcontrols system business for aircraft engine manufacturers and machinery suppliers in the U.S. Like Michelin, Keller works with a local college, York Technical Institute, to develop training programs. Like Gray, Zullo is impressed with the “motivated, engaged” workforce. And the relatively small German-based company experienced the same local outreach and engagement that bigger companies receive. Since joining the more than 130 aerospace-related companies in Charlotte USA, the French and German businesses have grown. In 2010, Michelin relocated its commercial aircraft retreading operations to the Norwood facility. Keller has expanded to produce and warehouse a full product range and has increased its workforce by 40 percent since 2012. With the Norwood plant playing a key role in the Michelin Group, and Keller poised for its next phase of growth, both companies’ futures in Charlotte USA are bright. As Zullo says, “We’re here to stay.” For more about the Charlotte region, go to CHArlotteuSA.CoM. photos (from top) courtesy of michelin north AmericA And Keller usA Keller uSA in Fort Mill, South Carolina Michelin aircraft-tire factory in norwood, north Carolina http://www.CHARLOTTEUSA.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - June 2013

US Airways - June 2013
Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Best Outdoor Music Venues
Hub Crawl: Los Angeles International Airport
Wine & Dine: Infused Spirits
Great Tastes: B.B. King's Blues Clubs
Diversions: Beer Gardens
Great Escapes: Hard Rock Hotels
Great Escapes: Universal Orlando Resort
Diversions: Seven Super Spas
Adventure: Sebasco Harbor Resort, Maine
Golf: Billy Casper
Gear Up: Family Games
Travel Feature: The Lure of the Lake
US Airways: All in the Family
Chefs Tell: Sea Fire Grill
Charlotte, NC
Special Section: Los Angeles Arts
Must Read: Color Blind
Great Dates
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - June 2013