WALTON, Ky. – Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will expand its Walton plant, adding about 80 new employees, the company announced Thursday.
The $100 million expansion will increase the plant’s capacity to meet expected airline demand for wheels and carbon brakes, according to the announcement.
The company expects to begin construction this year and complete it in 2018.
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty introduced carbon brakes in 1986 and their Walton plant supplies them for several major North American airlines. Carbon brakes can absorb more energy than steel brakes and reduce operating costs for airlines, according to the announcement.
The company opened the Walton plant in 1999 and has “undergone constant development there to keep pace with [their] sales growth,” CEO Vincent Mascré said.
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has two other production plants, located in France and Malaysia.