Hexcel Corporation is a leading producer of carbon fiber reinforcements and resin systems, and the world leader in honeycomb manufacturing for the commercial aerospace industry. Hexcel began in 1946 in the San Francisco Bay area and was first known as California Reinforced Plastics. Hexcel’s first management team, Roger Steele, Bud Hughes, Paul V. Ammen, Ken Holland and Ed Rule possessed a well-matched and diversified set of talents. Steele furnished the visionary spirit and the unrelenting conviction that “honeycomb was and is the most efficient structure that man will ever achieve.” We are the strength within hundreds of products offered across the globe in markets including aerospace, automotive and wind energy. Hexcel’s first contract was to develop materials, methods, and equipment for making honeycomb for radomes on military aircraft. In 1969, even before Neil Armstrong, Hexcel materials made the first footprints on the moon. The footpads on the Apollo 11 lunar landing module consisted of a crushable honeycomb foil made by Hexcel. Hexcel Pottsville is one of nineteen Hexcel manufacturing sites worldwide, and they manufacture structural honeycomb components for aerospace customers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in support of both commercial and defense markets. Hexcel purchased a 66,000-square-foot facility in the Saint Clair Industrial Park in July, 1980 and began shipping product to East Coast customers in the fall of the same year. Since that time, the Pottsville facility has grown to 175,000 square feet, including a 20,000-square-foot expansion completed in 2016.
Hexcel Pottsville is proud to support an array of military programs including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, V-22 Osprey, Blackhawk, Apache, Cobra and Chinook Helicopters. Jet Engine manufactures, such as General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, utilize Hexcel materials. Hexcel manufactured parts are flying on numerous commercial aircraft including the Airbus A320, Boeing 777, 747-8 Jumbo Jet and the 787 Dreamliner. Hexcel is a technology driven company valuing Responsibility, Accountability, Innovation, and One Hexcel. When Hexcel says it is “The Strength Within,” it not only refers to the structural nature of many of our products, but also of the strength Hexcel gains from its employees. The Pottsville facility employs approximately 300 of more than 6,100 worldwide members of the Hexcel family. Hexcel Pottsville’s dedicated and talented team of employees are engaged in a broad range of careers including production, shipping & receiving, supervision, engineering, CNC programming, quality control, safety & environmental, planning and purchasing, inventory control, facilities maintenance, tool fabrication, information technology, customer service, accounting, sales and marketing, administration and human resources. The Pottsville facility has grown and flourished over the past 37 years of operation in Schuylkill County and greatly appreciates the support of the local community, suppliers and customers. Hexcel would like to recognize and sincerely thank their employees for their hard work and dedication. Their commitment to safety, quality and “One Hexcel” is unmatched. Our employees are our greatest asset – Our Strength Within.