Weldaloy to Host Ground Based Interceptor Ballistic Missile Defense Mission Meeting for the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA)
Warren, Michigan – September 13, 2016 – On September 21, 2016, Weldaloy will have the honor of hosting the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) briefing on the scope of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system project. The meeting will be held in Weldaloy’s new office space that contains a state-of-the-art training facility in Warren, Michigan, which is located just outside of Detroit.
Speakers at the event will include Mr. Riki Ellison, Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, Mr. John Simmons, Managing Partner of The Roosevelt Group, Mr. Daniel J. Shanahan, Senior Manager, GMD with Boeing Strategic Missile and Defense Systems, and Ms. Champagne Bell, Manager, Small/Diverse Business & Strategic Alliances, Boeing Military Aircraft, Global Services & Support, Phantom Works and Commodities & Services.
Topics for the meeting will include the potential economic impact on the region in which missile fields will be located, Boeing’s supply chain requirements, how local companies can participate, and what expectations there are for suppliers, as well as what it takes to become a supplier.
“We’re excited to host this event, and to share our new meeting facilities with the Michigan business community. The aerospace industry is a large part of our customer base, and we appreciate MAMA giving us this opportunity to hear directly from Boeing,” said Kurt Ruppenthal, Vice President & General Manager at Weldaloy.
The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system is designed to detect, intercept and destroy long-range ballistic missiles during their midcourse phase of flight. It provides early detection and tracking during the boost phase, as well as midcourse target discrimination, precision intercept and destruction of the target through the force of collision.
Officials estimate the project will have a $3.2 billion positive impact on Michigan’s economy, including the addition of 300 new jobs directly and up to 1,800 jobs indirectly.
The mission of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (“MAMA”) is to: serve and represent the interests of Michigan’s aerospace and defense manufacturing firms with a single unified voice; to provide educational programs and industry research to its members; and to promote the State of Michigan’s aerospace and defense manufacturing community within the global industry.
MAMA’s objective is to be the supply chain of choice that is recognized for taking the “costs out of cost” for services, manufactured components, assemblies and complete systems. We are designed to take the risk out of the supply chain by having the best in class suppliers for cost, quality and delivery.
Since 1926, Weldaloy has been a leading provider of custom copper, aluminum, and other non-ferrous forgings serving a variety of industries such as aerospace, electronics, oil and gas, and industrial equipment. Weldaloy’s goal is to create meaningful and lasting relationships with each customer by providing the highest level of service and quality. Weldaloy’s Vertical Integration Process offers its customers a single source for forged and machined non-ferrous metal products.