Esterline Inaugurates ‘Spidle’ Avionics Site in Belgium

By Staff Writer | February 23, 2017
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Esterline main headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. Photo: Esterline

Esterline Corp. has officially inaugurated its new manufacturing site in Kortrjik, Belgium, the company says. The facility operates within the Esterline Avionics Systems business platform in the company’s Avionics & Controls segment.

This new facility follows the 2015 acquisition of Belgium-based Barco N.V.’s Defense, Aerospace and Training division. This added advanced display and visual technologies to Esterline’s portfolio. Since then, Esterline has invested more than $15.8 million to consolidate its Belgian capabilities into the new site.

Dubbed the “Spidle” site, the new facility takes its nickname from 1st Lt. Murray Kenneth Spidle. He was an American, Canada-trained pilot stationed in France who went missing in the West Flemish region during World War I. Esterline says naming the site in his honor represents the many nations involved in the ocmpany’s global displays and visualization systems businesses.

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