Spanish Fork, Utah weapons maker, Klune Industries expands with $400 million contract

For more than a decade, Klune Industries Inc. has been making rocket and launcher components for defense supplies giant Lockheed Martin.

On Thursday that partnership took on greater significance with a new deal that’s expected to bring in more than $400 million in sales to the Utah economy over the next 20 years.

Klune on Thursday unveiled a new $1.6 million, 26,000-square-foot plant in Spanish Fork that makes components exclusively for Lockheed’s Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System, or GMLRS missile — a guided rocket system with increased range and accuracy that deploys with minimal collateral damage. That new plant will be an addition to its existing 170,000 square-foot plant, which specializes in precision machining and metal cutting.

The North Hollywood, Calif.-based aerospace and military components maker has 580 workers companywide, 270 of which are in Spanish Fork. Klune Industries also has a North Hollywood plant that makes parts and sheet metal composites for the wings of commercial and military aircraft. At its Spanish Fork plant, military parts sales account for 60 percent of its business, while commercial sales make up the remainder.

GRACE LEONG – Daily Herald

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