Defense

LI manufacturer powers up Army battery production

By GREGORY ZELLER // A longtime Long Island manufacturer will step up production of “advanced military batteries” for the U.S. Army, in a big way. Commack-based energy solutions expert Bren-Tronics Inc. has received a $6.2 million contract from U.S. Army Contracting Command involving the 44-year-old manufacturer’s military-grade, 24-volt “6T Li-Ion” batteries. The multi-year deal comes through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium, an alliance of traditional and nontraditional small businesses, large defense contractors, academic institutions and…

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In Sikorsky deal, cautious local optimism

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island aerospace manufacturers are reassessing their markets following word of Lockheed Martin’s $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, but none expect the megadeal to hurt existing business. Some Island parts-makers, in fact, are already anticipating an uptick. The deal, announced earlier this week, is pending regulatory approvals and is expected to close late this year or in early 2016. The prospect of a giant Connecticut-based customer with long ties to regional…