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Aviation Week Network Article Sept. 2022

Aerospace And Defense Industry Confronts Wave Of New Owners

September 21, 2022—When GKN Aerospace announced in February that it planned to shut down its storied St. Louis defense manufacturing center, the proverbialshockwave reached both U.S. coasts, where industry veterans—some of whom had worked in the decades-old plant—expressed sadness over itsdemise.

Local news reports lamented the loss of a community point of pride, whose roots stemmed from the former McDonnell Douglas and whichmade major parts for the F-15, F-18, Sikorsky CH-53 and other military aircraft . Some remembered when GKN bought the plant fromMcDonnell successor Boeing in 2000 with big plans to build up its U.S. defense work.

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