Fokker facility dedicated to U.S. MALD system
ATLANTA — Prime Minister Mark Rutte of The Netherlands was in Atlanta joining Fokker Technologies officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new facility in Forest Park recently.
Fokker Technologies develops advanced aircraft systems and components for aircraft manufacturers. The company is working with the race car manufacturer Dallara and Raytheon to create a component of the U.S. Air Force’s Miniature Air Launched Decoy system that reduces production cost by 25 percent.
Fokker expects the 23,000-square-foot facility to begin operations in 2016. The project will create 100 jobs in Clayton County.
Based in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker is expected to invest up to $3 million in the facility within the first year.
“This represents the next and exciting phase in the further development of Fokker’s global presence, on which we can continue to build in the years to come,” said Hans Buethker, CEO of Fokker Technologies. “We are very proud to be selected for this innovative program and to extend our long term partnership with Raytheon. Design and development activities have initially taken place in the Netherlands, manufacturing takes place close to our customer by an excellent team in a state-of-the-art custom designed facility.”
“We are pleased that Fokker has selected metro Atlanta for its entry into the U.S. market, and we are thrilled that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is here to mark this important occasion,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “This region is a stronghold for Dutch companies and for the aerospace industry, and we look forward to working with the company as it fills critical advanced manufacturing jobs.”