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Connecticut Company, Ward Leonard, Supports Construction of Aircraft Carrier John F. Kennedy

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Thomaston, CT (December 6, 2019) The U.S. Navy will be christening a brand new aircraft carrier, John F. Kennedy, the second ship of the Ford-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Newport News Shipbuilding. The Ford-class’ unique engineering and design innovations increase mission effectiveness, reduce workload for sailors, and lower operating costs for the U.S. Navy. “It was our distinct honor to have contributed to the construction of this great vessel, providing motors, motor controllers, and other electrical subsystems” remarked Chris Spafford, VP of Sales and Marketing of Ward Leonard.

Ward Leonard in Thomaston, CT, is one of 36 companies in Connecticut that provides $72.2M worth of parts for the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier program. “U.S. Navy aircraft carrier construction helps support the economy in Connecticut and provides opportunities for skilled workers manufacturing American-made products. Ward Leonard is honored that we were able to contribute to the soon-to-be-christened John F. Kennedy, as well as the continued protection of the United States,” said Dennis Nolan, Jr., CFO, Ward Leonard.

The Navy’s carrier program is made up of over 2,000 suppliers in 46 states, injecting $4.1 billion and thousands of jobs into communities across the country. In Connecticut alone, the economic impact translates to $108.5 million in additional economic activity. Ward Leonard employs more than 170 local Connecticut residents who take great pride in the work they do to support our nation’s aircraft carrier program. Additionally, more than 200 other Connecticut companies provide products and services that get integrated into Ward Leonard’s solutions. Companies like Ward Leonard are the backbone of our country’s defense manufacturing base – an industrial base that sustains America’s military and diplomatic strength.

The innovations of the Ford-class, including the John F. Kennedy, were made possible by American companies in communities both big small across the country. Mike Clute, President of Ward Leonard commented, “I am extremely proud of our contributions in support of our nation’s aircraft carrier program, especially our role in the construction of the John F. Kennedy, and in support of the brave men and women of the U.S. Navy.”


About Ward Leonard
Ward Leonard is an innovative leader in comprehensive electric motor, generator, control, and service solutions. With locations in Connecticut, Louisiana, and Texas, Ward Leonard is poised to provide industrial technologies to the worlds most demanding Industrial Processing, Oil & Gas, Naval, and Commercial Marine customers. For more information, visit www.wardleonard.com.


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