Inauguration day for the 60,000-ton closed-die forging press in Paramount, CA, October 2018.
A $180 million, 60,000-ton forge press made its debut last week at Weber Metals, Inc., a Paramount-based manufacturing division of Otto Fuchs KG of Germany. Its addition is estimated to create 200 manufacturing jobs for area residents. Company officials also noted that the state of California contributed $20 million in tax credits to the project, which currently stands as the world’s largest private investment in aerospace metal forging. “This innovative technology will literally forge the future for parts made for aircraft and spacecraft,” said Dr. Hinrich Mählmann, managing partner of OTTO FUCHS KG. “This, the world’s largest pull-down forging press, will shape some of the world’s largest monolithic parts from both aluminum and titanium. For Otto Fuchs, this is the third time we have developed the world’s largest forging press.” Weber Metals’ first production part will be for Boeing’s main landing gear beam on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Currently, Weber Metals employs more than 550 people in its Southern California operations, having started in 1946 with Edmund L. Weber and a handful of employees. Weber Metals has facilities in both Long Beach and Paramount. The company was acquired by Otto Fuchs in 1978.