USEC Inc. and B&W Launch American Centrifuge Manufacturing

Based in Oak Ridge, Tenn., American Centrifuge Manufacturing will also provide spare parts and other maintenance support services for the American Centrifuge Project.

USECBETHESDA, Md. – USEC Inc. and The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) have launched American Centrifuge Manufacturing, LLC (ACM) to provide integrated manufacturing and assembly of centrifuge machines for USEC’s American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon, Ohio. Based in Oak Ridge, Tenn., ACM will also provide spare parts and other maintenance support services for the American Centrifuge Project.

USEC established American Centrifuge Manufacturing, effective May 1, in concert with the B&W subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox Technical Service Group, Inc. (B&W TSG).

The company will be housed at USEC’s American Centrifuge Technology and Manufacturing Center, which has been operated by Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Clinch River, LLC since 2007. Approximately 160 B&W TSG and USEC employees working at the Oak Ridge facility have been assigned to the new company.

Once the U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee and other centrifuge project funding needed to complete the American Centrifuge Plant is secured and the project is remobilized, the total number of ACM workers is expected to grow to about 600 as ACM ramps up to the full manufacturing rate. Overall, the American Centrifuge Project will create about 8,000 jobs in total, with nearly half of them in Ohio. Approximately 11,500 centrifuges will be built for final assembly and installation in Piketon.

Carl Durham, who serves as president of Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Clinch River, is now president and general manager of the new company. Larry Cutlip, who is USEC’s director of centrifuge manufacturing, is vice president.

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Source: USEC Inc.
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