Alcoa Celebrates Redesign of Forging Press
According to Alcoa, the press offers the ability for Cleveland Works to double its capacity to serve customers in the commercial and defense aerospace markets as well as industrial and energy markets. The press was originally installed as part of the Air Force Heavy Press program following World War II and has been used to build parts for nearly every military aircraft, helicopter, and tracked and combat vehicles from the 1950s through present day. Alcoa Cleveland Works manufactures the large aluminum structural die forgings for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. The forgings include bulkheads and wing-box parts.