California aviation composites firm relocating to Fort Worth

Calcomp manufactures composites used in commercial aircraft engines.
Calcomp manufactures composites used in commercial aircraft engines. Star-Telegram/Paul Moseley

Calcomp, a manufacturer of commercial aircraft engine composites, is relocating to Fort Worth from California, the company and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday.

Calcomp will move 15 employees from its facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., but plans to immediately hire 30 to 35 additional employees here, said Fred Donnelly, Calcomp’s president.

The company, which has 45 employees in Los Angeles County, will relocate in phases between June and December. It is moving to a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility near Northeast Loop 820 and Blue Mound Road in north Fort Worth.

Donnelly said the chamber played a key role in the decision to select Fort Worth, as well as the trained aerospace workforce available in North Texas.

The company has customers worldwide, but none in Texas because there are no aircraft engine manufacturers in the state, he said.

“We considered several sites in Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Utah, but Fort Worth’s existing aviation infrastructure clearly made this city stand out as the best location for Calcomp’s new facility,” Donnelly said in a prepared statement. “Fort Worth is welcoming our company with open arms, and we feel like this city will really value our presence.”

Said Mayor Betsy Price: “When you consider the long history and strength of Fort Worth’s aviation and aerospace industry, I simply cannot think of a better place for Calcomp to call home.”

Calcomp, founded by Donnelly 25 years ago in Paramount, Calif., makes auxiliary power unit turbine engine composites for commercial aircraft. In California, the company was known as California Composites, but the name is changing in its move to Texas, Donnelly said.

The chamber said aviation and aerospace firms in Fort Worth employ about 22,000, led by Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter. This is the first of two planned announcements of California companies relocating to Fort Worth, the chamber said. Another is expected in the coming weeks.