Kaman Corporation, headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, was incorporated in 1945. We are a diversified company that conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. We report information for ourselves and our subsidiaries (collectively, "we," "us," "our," and "the company") in two business segments, Industrial Distribution and Aerospace. A discussion of 2011 developments is included in Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, in this Form 10-K.
Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation ("KIT") brings our commitment to technological leadership and value-added services to the Industrial Distribution business. The Industrial Distribution segment is the third largest power transmission/motion control industrial distributor in North America. We provide products including bearings, mechanical and electrical power transmission, fluid power, motion control and materials handling components to a broad spectrum of industrial markets throughout North America. Locations consist of over 200 branches, distribution centers and call centers across the United States (including Puerto Rico) and in Canada and Mexico. We offer approximately four million items, as well as value-added services, to a base of approximately 50,000 customers representing a highly diversified cross section of North American industry. Subsidiaries of KIT include Kaman Industrial Technologies, Ltd., Minarik Corporation, Catching Fluidpower, Inc., Delamac de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Industrial Rubber and Mechanics, Inc.
The Aerospace segment produces and/or markets proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safing and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; support for its SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX ® manned and unmanned medium-to-heavy lift helicopters; and engineering design, analysis and certification services.
Principal customers include the U.S. military, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, The Boeing Company, Bell Helicopter, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. The SH-2G aircraft is currently in service with the Egyptian Air Force and the New Zealand and Polish navies. Operations are conducted at Kaman Aerospace Corporation's Aerostructures Division facilities in Jacksonville, FL and Chihuahua, Mexico, Helicopters Division facilities in Bloomfield, CT and Precision Products Division facilities in Middletown, CT ("KPP Middletown") and Tucson, AZ (collectively "KAC"), Kaman Precision Products, Inc. in Orlando, FL ("KPP Orlando"), Kaman Composites - Wichita Inc. in Wichita, KS ("Composites Wichita"), Kaman Composites - UK Holdings Ltd. facilities in Darwen, Lancashire, United Kingdom and Hyde, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom ("U.K. Composites"), Kamatics Corporation in Bloomfield, CT, RWG Frankenjura-Industrie Flugwerklager GmbH in Dachsbach, Germany ("RWG"), Kaman Global Aerosystems Inc. in Everett, WA, and Kaman Composites - Vermont, Inc. (Formerly Vermont Composites, Inc.) in Bennington, VT.