Sikorsky

M3 Technology and the chain of command

By GREGORY ZELLER // Every business owner understands the supply-and-demand principle. The successful ones understand supply is a demand of its own. It’s a common concern for major manufacturers, according to Michael Caton, vice president of operations at Bellport-based M3 Technology: The bigger they are, the harder it is to keep supply lines moving. “Boeing and Lockheed Martin are very good at what they do – large-scale production, running assembly lines,” Caton said. “But they’re…


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…