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ATI Commissions Forging Press in NC

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ATI Inc. commissioned its 12,500-ton billet forging press critical to production of titanium for aerospace and defense. The Bakers South II press came online in the first quarter to match ATI's increased titanium melt capacity, delivering increased capability for the manufacture of high-performance, challenging-to-make novel alloys.

"Nearly six decades after establishing our operations here, we are excited to continue to expand our capabilities in Bakers, N.C.," said Kim Fields, ATI president and COO. "BSOII delivers 25 percent greater tonnage than our legacy press, at the closest possible tolerances. With precision and speed, we're meeting the demanding technical requirements for latest-generation cast materials critical to high-temperature jet engines."

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony with some of the more than 1,500 ATI employees who work in North Carolina, U.S. Senator Ted Budd witnessed the powerful press in action. "Part of what makes our nation strong is having a strong national defense," said Senator Budd. "It's having strong providers and suppliers – companies like ATI – in that supply chain."