Kaman Annual Report 09
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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, Aerospace and Industrial Distribution.

During the second quarter of 2009, we implemented modifications to our system of reporting, resulting from changes to our internal organization over the preceding year, which changed our reportable segments. These changes to the internal organization included the creation of the Aerospace Group management team and the establishment of the President of Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc. as the segment manager of the combined Aerospace businesses. The Industrial Distribution segment, which has been under the leadership of a segment manager for some time, was not impacted by these changes. Following these changes, we determined that we have two reportable segments, Industrial Distribution and Aerospace. 

A discussion of 2009 developments is included in Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, in this Form 10-K.

Industrial Distribution Segment

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 nearly 200 branches, distribution centers and call centers across the United States (including Puerto Rico) and in Canada and Mexico. We offer approximately three 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., Delamac de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and Industrial Rubber and Mechanics, Inc.

Aerospace Segment

The Aerospace segment produces and/or markets widely used 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; and support for its SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX ® medium-to-heavy lift helicopters.

Principal customers include the U.S. military, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Boeing, 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 in Jacksonville, FL, Helicopters Division in Bloomfield, CT and Precision Products Division in Middletown, CT and Tucson, AZ (collectively “KAC”), Aerostructures Wichita Inc. in Wichita, KS (“Aerospace Wichita”), Brookhouse Holdings Ltd. in Darwen, Lancashire, United Kingdom and Hyde, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (“U.K. Composites”), Kaman Precision Products, Inc. in Orlando, FL (“KPP Orlando”), Kamatics Corporation in Bloomfield, CT and RWG Frankenjura-Industrie Flugwerklager GmbH in Dachsbach, Germany (“RWG”).