Ducommun Inc. announced that its Ducommun AeroStructures Inc. (DAS) subsidiary has definitized a follow-on contract with The Boeing Co. to provide fuselage skins for the C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft through the fourth quarter of 2010.

Boeing produces the C-17 Globemaster III in Long Beach, CA for the US Air Force and a growing number of international defense forces. These fuselage skins are manufactured at the DAS Gardena facility using its specialized capabilities in stretch forming, chemical milling and machining to produce the over-sized metallic components for the C-17 Globemaster III. These fuselage skins have been produced by the DAS Gardena facility since 2000.

Joseph C. Berenato, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ducommun, stated, “We are pleased to continue production of some of the largest fuselage skins in the aerospace industry. Through the continuous application of Lean Six Sigma, we have improved the efficiency of the production process and have developed substantial expertise in the manufacture and handling of very large fuselage skins.”

Berenato continued, “More recently, we have added subassembly capabilities to our Gardena facility which makes us capable of providing major subassemblies directly to the final assembly line of our customers. In doing so, we strive to become more important to our key customers, a strategic goal for Ducommun.”