Northstar Aerospace, Inc. creates 70 jobs at three North American sites

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    CHICAGO, IL, July 15 /CNW/ - Northstar Aerospace, Inc. will create
approximately 70 new jobs at its Anderson, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois and
Windsor, Ontario sites to ramp up production of gears, components and spare
parts for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter and Rolls-Royce programs.
    The company will add approximately 10 machinists to increase the number
of employees to more than 60 employees at its Anderson facility which opened
in 2006. The Chicago site will add approximately 40 employees for CNC
machining, ID/OD grinding, shaping, hobbing and inspection as well as support
staff for its heat treat, plating and assembly departments. The company's
Windsor site will add approximately 20 machinists and support staff.
    Northstar's backlog is more than $450 million compared to $372 million at
the end of 2007. The company has received $114 million of CH-47 orders this
year including $60 million announced in June for the production of gears,
components and spare parts. CH-47 orders in 2007 totaled $167 million.

    "We are focused on transforming our growing backlog into production to
    meet the needs of our customers. The hiring campaign and investment in
    state-of-the-art, automated machining centers at our Chicago and Phoenix
    sites will help us increase production to needed levels," said Glenn
    Hess, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Northstar Aerospace, Inc. ( is North America's leading
independent manufacturer of flight critical gears and transmissions. Northstar
Aerospace is a public company (TSX:NAS) with operating subsidiaries in the
United States and Canada. Its principal products include helicopter gears and
transmissions, accessory gearbox assemblies, rotorcraft drive systems and
other machined and fabricated parts. It also provides maintenance, repair and
overhaul of helicopter engines and transmissions. The Company's executive
offices are located in Chicago, Illinois. Its plants are located in Chicago,
Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona; Stroud, Oklahoma; Anderson, Indiana; and Milton
and Windsor, Ontario.

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