AUSA Sustaining Member Profile: Goodrich Corporation

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Corporate Structure-Founded in 1870. Number of employees: 23,000. Chairman, President and CEO: Marshall Larsen. Headquarters: Four Coliseum Centre, 2730 West Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28217-4578. Web site:

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities in 16 countries. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Goodrich operates more than 90 facilities worldwide. Goodrich's chairman, president and CEO Marshall Larsen is a former U.S. Army officer and West Point graduate.

Goodrich is proud of the products and services it provides to the members of the U.S. armed forces. With about a third of its total annual sales coming from defense and space markets, the company provides the U.S. Army with the necessary equipment and solutions to protect its soldiers and provide a technological advantage on the battlefield. Goodrich's presence in defense, space and homeland security markets has continued to expand throughout the last five years. The company takes on tough challenges, such as reducing weight, increasing strength and increasing tolerance to extreme temperatures for military aircraft systems and components. Three Goodrich teams currently provide innovations for the defense marketplace.

Sensors and Integrated Systems. The company's sensors and integrated systems team provides a broad range of systems to the aerospace industry worldwide, including SmartProbe air data systems, electronic flight bag systems, security and surveillance systems, fuel measurement and management systems, health and usage management systems, ice detection and protection systems as well as rescue hoists and cargo winch systems.

The team continues to advance helicopter and rotorcraft capabilities for tomorrow's platforms. New rotorblade ice protection systems integrate ice detection, electrothermal deicing technology and power control into a system that automatically protects the main rotor and tail rotorblades from ice buildup. A new integrated vehicle healthmanagement system enables true conditioned-based maintenance by monitoring multiple mechanical and electrical system sensors, permitting periodic scheduled maintenance, or emergency maintenance when stress limits are exceeded.

Hoist and Winch. Goodrich's hoist and winch team is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of helicopter rescue hoist and cargo aircraft winch systems. With design and manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles, Calif., and Paris, France, as well as repair capabilities around the globe, Goodrich is geographically positioned to serve the growing needs of the rescue community worldwide. …