Northstar Aerospace Inc. reports updated 2007 CH-47 Chinook orders of $76 million

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    CHICAGO, IL, March 9 /CNW/ - (All amounts within this news release are
stated in U.S. dollars) Northstar Aerospace Inc. ("Northstar") received $48
million in new orders to provide components for new build transmissions and
spare parts for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter during the final two weeks of
    Last month, Northstar announced that $28 million of new CH-47 Chinook
orders had been received in 2007 by mid-February. Orders on the CH-47 program
year-to-date in 2007 are $76 million, exceeding full-year orders of
$73 million in 2006. Northstar received $80 million of CH-47 Chinook orders in
2005 and $50 million in 2004.
    Northstar's Chicago plant is a key source to the manufacturer for CH-47
gear and transmission components. It also provides repair and overhaul support
for CH-47 aft, forward and combiner transmissions.
    "New order intake at this level two months into a new fiscal year
demonstrates the significance of the CH-47 as a key driver of near-term
profitable growth for Northstar. We will continue to invest in people and
equipment to keep pace with this program growth to satisfy our customers,"
said Mark Emery, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northstar Aerospace
    Northstar Aerospace Inc. ( is North America's leading
independent manufacturer of flight critical gears and transmissions. Northstar
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; Phoenix,
Arizona; Stroud, Oklahoma; Anderson, Indiana; and Milton and Windsor, Ontario.

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