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Eaton becomes hydraulic system supplier for new Irkut MC21 aircraft in Russia

The Jackson facility will play a major role as diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation begins working on the design and manufacture of the hydraulic system for Irkut Corporation’s new MC21 single-aisle aircraft line in Russia.

Eaton’s Aerospace facility in Jackson, Mississippi will play a major design and production role in this new initiative that is expected to continue for decades. The announcement was made during a contract signing ceremony last week at the Moscow Air Show.

“This is a huge win for Eaton and great news for the Jackson facility,” said Mike McDonald, division sales manager of the Hydraulic Systems Division. “This unique effort between Eaton’s Jackson employees and counterparts in Russia will be a collaborative working relationship in the design, development and production phases of the project. It’s also an opportunity for new Eaton technologies to be used on a state-of-the-art new aircraft, the MC21.”

Eaton’s Aerospace facility in Jackson employs more than 500 people locally, and is one of the world’s largest aerospace hydraulic pump manufacturing centers in the world. Eaton and its subsidiaries in Mississippi have an annual payroll of $36 million.

“Many Eaton employees from the Jackson plant will travel to and work in Russia during certain times of this project, which is one of the most significant initiatives in the history of the Eaton facility in Jackson” said Yuri Lebedev, sales and marketing platform leader.

“Eaton is pleased to provide our advanced technology to Irkut’s exciting new MC21 series of aircraft,” said Brad Morton, president, Eaton’s Aerospace Group. “The MC21 Project represents a major advancement in the redevelopment of the Russian Aerospace Industry. By participating as a development partner and supplier for the MC21, Eaton is taking significant steps to support this global industry expansion.”

Eaton will engage a number of Russian suppliers in the design and manufacture of system subcomponents. This cooperation will provide learning opportunities both for Russian companies working within the Western supply chain for the first time and for Eaton working with Russian aerospace suppliers.

“We look forward to working with Eaton as we introduce this new line of innovative aircraft to the world market,” said Andrey Matveev, vice president of Irkut Corporation, MC21 program director. “The teamwork involved on the MC21 project will be mutually beneficial for both companies, and this new relationship can also be a catalyst for creating more collaborative opportunities for the future.”

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; electric motors; aircraft flap and slat systems; fluid conveyance products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls; power and load management systems; and pressure sensors and fluid debris monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2008 sales of $15.4 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

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  1. I didn’t even know Eaton existed much less that they employed 500 people in Mississippi. That’s great news and a compliment to Mississippi’s work force. I would have never known that a Mississippi company was building Russian commercial aircraft. Keep up the good reporting on Mississippi businesses!

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