NASA Astronaut Visits Alcoa Fastening Systems Fullerton Aerospace Operations

Fullerton, CA… Alcoa Fastening Systems Fullerton Aerospace Operations received NASA Astronaut Tracy Caldwell’s visit as part of NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program.

Caldwell toured the 205,000 square foot main facility that manufactures aerospace nuts and fluid fittings, as well as the 64,000 square foot plant that manufactures production tooling, installation systems and aerospace bolts. She delivered a presentation about human space flight to a large number of employees. She also shared a holiday luncheon with the employees, and held a photo autograph session.
 
Space Flight Awareness visits bring astronauts to NASA contractor sites to meet employees and to thank them for their work on behalf of all astronauts who rely on their products. Alcoa Fastening Systems’ products are used extensively on the Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle External Tank, Space Shuttle Main Engine, and the Space Station.
 
Alcoa Fastening Systems, a business unit of Alcoa, is a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of fastening systems, specialty fasteners, components, and installation systems for aerospace and commercial product assembly. It has 5,500 employees and manufactures at 26 locations in 7 countries.
 
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap® foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, fastening systems, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000 employees in 41 countries


NASA at Fullerton

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Craig Brown, Director of Operations (Fullerton); Greg Harwell, Director & General Manager, Internally Threaded Products & Specialty Aerospace Products - Fullerton/Torrance/Tucson; NASA Astronaut Tracy Caldwell; Derek Elmes, Director of Manufacturing Support Operations (Fullerton, Plant 2)