Kaman Corp. Appoints Lyon Vice President; Offers Engineering Services In SC

Lyon succeeds John Lockwood in the position and joins Kaman from Gerber Scientific, a manufacturer and worldwide distributor of integrated automation equipment and software, where he served as Vice President – Corporate Tax.

Bloomfield, CT - Kaman Corporation announced that Michael J. Lyon has been appointed to the position of Vice President - Tax, reporting to Robert Starr, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Lyon succeeds John Lockwood in the position and joins Kaman from Gerber Scientific, a manufacturer and worldwide distributor of integrated automation equipment and software, where he served as Vice President – Corporate Tax. At Gerber he was the senior tax executive responsible for worldwide transaction planning, transfer pricing, accounting for income taxes, tax compliance and supervision of tax audits.

Prior to joining Gerber, Lyon was Tax Director for Lydall, Inc., a diversified manufacturer with operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Before assuming his role at Lydall, he was Tax Manager at Deloitte Tax, LLP and prior to that, Director of Taxation at the Top-Flite Golf Company and Sr. Tax Manager at Dexter Corporation. He also previously served as Tax Manager at Coopers & Lybrand and Senior Accountant at Downey, Sweeney, Fitzgerald & Co.

“Mike brings an impressive range of domestic and international experience in the tax area, and I know he will play a critical role in Kaman’s future,” stated Starr. “His demonstrated record of success supervising tax functions in multinational corporation settings as well as public accounting make him a valuable addition to the Kaman team,” he added.

Lyon received his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar shortly after his graduation. He is a CPA and earned his B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Western New England College. Mike and his wife reside in Springfield, Massachusetts.


Kaman Aerospace Establishes New Engineering Services Office in Charleston, South Carolina

Anaheim, CA - Kaman Aerospace Group announced today at the 2014 HAI HELI-EXPO that its subsidiary, Kaman Engineering Services, has opened a new office at the Clemson University Restoration Institute Campus (CURI) in North Charleston, S.C.

Kaman Engineering Services recognizes the growing aerospace requirements in the Southeast USA and the new regional office will support that demand, according to Jim Larwood, President of Kaman Aerosystems. “Kaman Engineering Services provides a unique, high-level engineering skill set and competency that aligns with the needs of Boeing SC’s operation,” Larwood said. “This investment is one of several investments in Kaman’s strategy of geographic diversification, and we are pleased to be part of the growing research and development community in the Charleston region.”

Kaman has already been awarded a purchase order to utilize its extensive experience working with Boeing’s 787 program structures team to support production of the 787 Dreamliner in the role of Stress Liaison. In addition to the opening of the Clemson office, a select team of Kaman employees will be co-located near Boeing’s North Charleston production facility, with additional support staff in Everett, Wash. “Kaman’s on-site teams will include lead engineers to provide the greatest impact of the co-location and support the Boeing engineering teams,” said Cliff Ward, General Manager of Kaman Engineering Services.

Kaman also has the full support and backing of North Charleston’s Mayor Keith Summey. “I am honored to welcome Kaman Engineering Services to the City of North Charleston. We commit to Kaman and to our expanding aerospace and engineering sectors that our community will remain business friendly. Significant capital investments and increased opportunities for quality new jobs, as Kaman is providing, continue to strengthen our city,” said Mayor Summey. In addition, Nikolaos Rigas, CURI Executive Director commented, "We are delighted to welcome another innovative company to Clemson University’s graduate campus in the Charleston region. Our campus is built on a foundation of applied research and public-private partnerships, and Kaman’s diversified portfolio makes this leading aerospace and industrial distribution company an ideal new partner.”

In closing, Gov. Nikki Haley commented, “The Aerospace sector is a major driver for our state’s economy. Seeing Boeing suppliers like Kaman Engineering Services opening new offices in South Carolina speaks volumes for our economic future and we celebrate with them as they establish their new office in Charleston County.”

Kaman Engineering Services was presented with a Boeing Supplier of the Year award for its exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing’s overall success during 2012. Kaman Engineering Services was one of 16 companies to receive the award. The Everett, Wash., based company was selected from a pool of Boeing suppliers located in more than 50 countries. The selection of the winning suppliers was based on statistical measurements of quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support, cost and the ability to anticipate and respond to changing customer requirements.

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