Local companies win millions of dollars in defense contracts

Two Dayton area defense contractors have landed millions of dollars in new work, according to the Department of Defense.

GE Aviation was awarded a $11.7 million contract to produce alternative generators at its Vandalia factory for the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet.

The facility employs about 350 workers, but no new jobs were expected under the contract. In recent years, however, the Vandalia location has added about 50 employees with a rise in commercial and military sales., according to company spokeswoman Jennifer Villarreal.

The Defense Logistics Agency awarded the sole source bid contract, which runs through November 2019. GE Aviation produces the 414 jet engines that power the fighter jet. The Navy flies the aircraft carrier-based plane.

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GE Aviation reported $26 billion in annual revenue last year with more than 45,000 employees at 80 sites worldwide, including 25,000 U.S. employees at 47 locations. The company has reported an industrial backlog of $150 billion.

Trimble Inc. won a $9.8 million Navy contract to produce laser leveling systems, Global Position Satellite systems, and Army road grader kits, among other items for the Marine Corps System Command in Quantico, Va., according to the Defense Department.

The contract runs through next March, part of an existing five-year deal reached in 2013. The construction grade and survey equipment is used on Army and Marine Corps heavy construction machines, such as road graders and bulldozers and scrapers, according to spokeswoman Lea Ann McNabb, a company spokeswoman.

Trimble employs more than 475 employees in Dayton, she said.

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Trimble reported nearly $2.4 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2016 and has more than 20 U.S. locations and operates in 35 countries, according to its website. The company is located at 5475 Kellenburger Road, Dayton.

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