Goodrich Grabs Winslow Rafts
Goodrich has acquired privately held Winslow Marine Products, maker of aircraft life rafts. Winslow was founded in 1941 and employs approximately 70 in Lake Suzy, Fla. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Days earlier, Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney parent United Technologies announced its intent to acquire Goodrich for $16.5 billion.
Winslow makes the Ultima and Ultra-Light life rafts for corporate aircraft, and these are packed in compact abrasion-resistant, urethane fire-retardant valises or reinforced plastic hard packs. The rafts are designed to fit most interior configurations and survive extremely severe sea states and conditions. The company says it is the only raft-maker that tests and calibrates each inflation valve.
Winslow’s rafts also feature double-reinforced seams, two-part catalytic adhesives and a heavy-duty dual-color canopy. Winslow rafts are approved under FAA TSO C70a, CAA #AR01449 and DGAC QACI-144. Goodrich currently makes emergency escape slides and slide/rafts for a variety of commercial aircraft at its Phoenix, Ariz. aircraft interior products facility.