Cabinet for Economic Development

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 26, 2008  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

Aircraft braking systems company doubles size of initial facility

 FRANKFORT, Ky.Governor Steve Beshear today joined company and local officials in Boone County to commemorate the grand opening of Messier-Bugatti USA’s newest facility, doubling the size of its initial plant.  A global manufacturer of wheels, brakes and advanced carbon-carbon heatsinks used in aircraft braking systems, the expansion will allow the company to manufacture its products using the most advanced technology available in the world. 

“I’m delighted to take part in today’s grand opening for Messier-Bugatti USA’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Northern Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear.  “Messier-Bugatti is a world-class company, producing the most technologically-advanced aircraft braking system products in the world.  We’re proud to have them call Kentucky home and are honored to play a role in their continued growth.”   

Messier-Bugatti USA was recently purchased by the SAFRAN Group, an international high-technology group organized into three activities: aerospace propulsion, aircraft equipment, and defense security. 

The Northern Kentucky facility, which began operations in 1998 as A-Carb, houses Messier-Bugatti USA’s U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility.  The plant was built to respond to the company’s presence in the Americas, both in initial supply of braking systems and in refurbishment of brakes on existing fleets.  Messier-Bugatti wheels and carbon brakes equips more than 3,500 commercial aircraft across the world, including almost 250 airline companies and 20 air forces. 

“We’re so proud to have ‘Kentucky-made’ wheels and brakes on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the 777 and numerous US Air Force aircraft including the KC-135 tanker,” said SAFRAN Group CEO Jean-Paul Herteman.  “We’re looking forward to seeing what other SAFRAN Group investments could come to the remaining 20 acres of the Walton property.” 

Messier-Bugatti’s 200,000 square-foot facility is located on a 40 acre site and employs 214 people.  The company has invested $94.5 million in the commonwealth since its location in 1998.  The commonwealth has approved nearly $8.3 million in state incentives through the Kentucky Industrial Development Act and the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act in numerous projects. 


“From our perspective, this project has exceeded our expectations from when we first started working with J.M. Mullis, Inc., the site selection firm who introduced this project to Northern Kentucky in 1998,” said Daniel E. Tobergte, president and CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, the economic development entity for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties as part of the Cincinnati metro area. “We welcome additional advanced manufacturing jobs in Northern Kentucky.  Since 2002, Northern Kentucky has experienced a 7 percent increase in total manufacturing jobs against a 9 percent decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs.  Our experience with international manufacturing firms has been outstanding and Messier-Bugatti USA is one prime example.” 


A location map of Messier-Bugatti USA is attached.  A community profile for Northern Kentucky can be found at:

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