A major announcement regarding a new joint venture bolsters one of eastern Wayne County's largest employers.
They are key components in aircraft fuel and engine systems; the parts made at the Parker Aerospace plant in Clyde. The operation in Clyde is growing.
Parker announced a partnership with GE Aviation to produce fuel nozzles. Workers heard details from bosses at both companies. It's a joint venture cemented by Parker's track record in the business.
"This facility is actually a terrific fit, so the expertise of the people here and the knowledge of the engineers and manufacturing people fits exactly into what we want the joint venture to do," said Colleen Athans, VP of GE Aviation Supply Chain.
What that entails is making aircraft engine fuel nozzles. The focus is increasing fuel efficiency, and cutting emissions.
This place has been in Clyde since the 1940s. It's always been a steady employer in the village. Currently, 300 people work here."
"Now it looks like everything's getting bigger and better, so it's good," said Jerry Fremouw, mayor.
Clyde's mayor figures half the 300 people who work at what will now be known as Advanced Atomization Technologies live in the village or the town, which sits along the Erie Canal in eastern Wayne County.
"The stability of this company is a great thing, especially for the residents of this community that work here," Fremouw said.
"We've been here, if you add up GE's tie and Parker's time, almost 70 years, so we've got a 70 year track record of outstanding performance and it gives us a lot of confidence for the future," said Tom Williams, Executive VP and Operating Officer of Parker Hannifin.
The new partnership will officially take effect early next year, pending regulatory approval.
For Clyde, and for hundreds of workers, the deal translates into stability, and potentially, growth.
"It's just a perfect fit."