Northern New England

Construction Well Underway on Wakefield Thermal Expansion

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Exeter, NH – Fulcrum Associates is currently overseeing the construction of a state-of-the-art facility for C/A Design, part of The Heico Companies LLC’s Thermal Solutions Segment (TSS), situated in Exeter.

At the groundbreaking (l-r): Ross Douglas and Matt Van Zile, TSS manufacturing engineers; Robert Kennedy; Jeff Luter, chairman, Fulcrum; and Bill Jean, VP of commercial development, Fulcrum

C/A Design specializes in high precision machining and complex aluminum dip and vacuum brazed assemblies, providing engineering services, compact heat exchangers, CNC machined components, and electronics enclosures to the aerospace and defense industries. Ground was broken on the new operations center in late 2022, and is expected to bring as many as 200 new jobs to the seacoast over the next several years.

The project involves both a 68,000sf renovation and a 40,000sf expansion, which firm representatives say showcases a substantial leap in aluminum brazing capabilities tailored for the aerospace and defense industry. The ongoing construction activities cover a spectrum, including masonry and structural reinforcement, roofing, interior framing, MEP rough-ins, and foundational work for the new addition.

Robert Kennedy, president of C/A Design and Heico’s Thermal Solutions Segment, said, “This expansion will allow for the continued growth in manufacturing our cooling systems deployed in aircraft systems and military defense applications that enable and protect the American warfighter. As part of this $35 million investment, C/A Design will be adding significant new equipment including larger brazing ovens, dip brazing tanks, and automated chemical conversion lines. Our investment in technology and automation helps to ensure on-time delivery of precision mission critical parts to C/A Design’s growing customer needs.”

The architect on the project is AHP Architects. Completion of the facility is scheduled for July.